The actress, 24, arrived at the Beverly Hills courthouse in a motorcade to a crush of photographers and reporters. Somebody threw confetti toward her as she walked up the steps. One fan held a sign reading, “Free Lindsay.”
During a brief hearing, Judge Marsha Revel said, “At this time, she will be remanded to serve her sentence.” Lohan stood, looking stern, and was cuffed behind her back. She was escorted quietly out a side door by four sheriff’s deputies.
As she left the courtroom, her father Michael Lohan said, “We love you, Lindsay.” Her mother Dina also was in court.
Within minutes, she was whisked out of the courtroom, placed in the backseat of an unmarked silver sheriff’s car and driven to the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, Calif., where she previously served 84 minutes in 2007. The car pulled into a covered garage at the jail.
Despite the three-month sentence, legal experts say Lohan will probably serve between two weeks to a month due to the Sheriff’s Department’s long-standing policy of releasing nonviolent offenders early due to overcrowding.
L.A. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore has said Lohan would likely be segregated from the general population “for her protection as well as the jail staff.” Most inmates’ daily routine at the jail includes a 5 a.m. wake-up call and being kept in a 12-by-8 cell for 22 hours a day, except for one hour of recreation time and 20 minutes per meal.
Lohan was sentenced July 6 after a judge ruled she had violated probation in a DUI case by missing court-ordered weekly alcohol-education classes. She’s spent the past few days in a sober-living house, but left with her mother and friend Samantha Ronson around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning.
In addition to the jail sentence and another three months in an inpatient rehab facility, Lohan will have to stay sober for the next year. Judge Revel’s sentencing order specifies the actress will be randomly tested for drugs and alcohol until August 2011, when her probation term is over.
• Reporting by KEN LEE