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LiLo too responsible to drive drunk?

Posted by gnn1 on Friday, 3 August 2007



When Lindsay Lohan said she needed balance in her life, she probably wasn’t talking about bookend DUI charges.

In an interview with Elle that took place about 36 hours before she was arrested for driving under the influence for the second time in two months, Lohan said that she would never drive drunk.

“I wouldn’t violate…I’m much more responsible than that,” the beleaguered actress says in the magazine’s September issue. “I would not do that.”

When the above chat took place, Lohan was only looking at misdemeanor DUI and hit-and-run charges stemming from her single-car smashup on May 26 that preceded her decision to check into the Promises treatment center in Malibu.

A day and a half later, on July 24, Lohan found herself on the wrong side of the law again when she was charged with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and felony possession of cocaine after she allegedly engaged her ex-assistant’s mom in an impromptu car chase in Santa Monica.

The 21-year-old child star turned tabloid fixture told Elle last month that the paparazzi who seemingly accompany her everywhere are just waiting for her to make a wrong move.

“It’s scary,” she said. “They’re looking for me to, like, trip, so they can be like, ‘Oh, Lindsay’s wasted and driving drunk.’ “

True enough, the shutterbugs have been on hand to capture more than enough of the Mean Girls star’s less than fine moments to keep the tabs in business—Lohan also addressed the panty-less pics of her that circulated on the Internet earlier this year, pre-commando Britney, taken as she was climbing out of a boat in Europe.

“It was once, and it was when I was in Venice,” Lohan explained. “And I was rushing through the room, threw the Prada dress on. And that’s what happened. And I didn’t even see the picture. I don’t look at that s–t, that’s gross. If I wear a dress I have underwear on.”

It was this sort of constant scrutiny that Lohan says made check into the Wonderland Center the first time back in January, she said, which she later referred to as a safe haven rather than as a medical necessity.

“I was growing up and going out a lot, and I needed to have a balance,” she said. “I was glad I went, because I needed to get away from everyone and I didn’t know how to do that. And I learned a lot there. A bunch of my friends—I was with them last night—they’re in AA for, like, years.”

Prior to her stay at Wonderland, Lohan’s mom, Dina, told E! News’ Ryan Seacrest that her daughter had been attending Alcoholics Anonymous for about a year. The younger Lohan later denied being any type of addict, however.

Coming full circle, Lohan’s interview took place over lunch at the Ivy, which, along with the starlet, is the target of a negligence lawsuit brought by a man who Lohan got into a car accident with in October 2005 after dining at the West Hollywood hot spot.

Plaintiff Raymundo Ortega is claiming that Lohan was drunk when her Mercedes smashed into his van, and that the Ivy was where she got the booze.

Lohan’s attorney, Alfred W. Gerisch, moved two weeks ago to have the suit dismissed, calling it “nothing more than an attempt to extort money from a celebrity by setting forth false and scurrilous allegations in a complaint.”

He cited the police’s accident report, which states that alcohol was not a factor in the crash and that Ortega was at fault because he made an illegal U-turn. Lohan, heading north on Robertson Boulevard, smacked into Ortega, who in turn hit a parked van.

Gerisch has also filed motions seeking to strike the DUI accusation in the complaint, calling it untrue and unsupported by the official accident report, and to have the judge currently presiding over the case step down, because his client, in light of her recent troubles, won’t be able to get a fair hearing.

Ortega’s lawyer fired back Thursday, stating in court documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that the police report is hearsay, because its author never saw how fast Lohan was driving and didn’t know whether she was drinking beforehand.

Attorney Robert Klein maintained in his filing that “there is some evidence she was served alcohol shortly before the accident” and that he has witnesses who will say they saw Lohan driving at least 62 miles per hour.

“The fact that Ms. Lohan was admitted to rehab for alcohol abuse shortly after this accident raises a presumption that at the time of this accident she was under the influence,” read the court documents.

Ortega, an L.A.-based busboy who earns about $300 a week, is “an honest, hardworking, decent man with a wife and children to support,” Klein states. “Instead of seeing if Mr. Ortega needed medical assistance, Lindsay Lohan fled the scene and took refuge in a retail store.”

Lohan’s publicist said at the time that her client was going about 30 mph while attempting to flee the ever-present paparazzi, although police determined that, like alcohol, persistent flashbulbs didn’t cause the crash, either

The lawsuit, however, takes into account Lohan’s frequent run-ins with the media, stating that she has become so “hypersensitive to paparazzi” that she “engaged in a habit, custom and practice of reckless driving” and was looking over her shoulder when she rammed into Ortega’s vehicle.

Ortega is seeking at least $200,000 in damages. A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 14.



Uh huh… drunk or not, she sure has had a lot of accidents and doesn’t seem to drive too responsibly…

Source: E! TV





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