Lindsay Lohan Balks at Picking Up the Bill
Plus: A look back at her history of alleged thievery, from coats to boyfriends
Hide your valuables and lock up your liquor: Is that the warning that should herald a visit from Lindsay Lohan? Based on her reputation for having allegedly sticky fingers – with the latest claim from a bar that was nearly left holding the bill for bottles of bubbly – that may not be such a bad idea.
Lohan, 23, was partying at the Crown Bar in Los Angeles Nov. 6, and, according to one onlooker, caused quite a scene when asked to ante up for her drinks.
“Lindsay stormed into the kitchen and grabbed two bottles of really expensive champagne. She finished both bottles with a friend. When the bartender gave her a bill, she had a meltdown,” says the source. “She was yelling at him and screaming profanities at everyone. The bar insisted she pay, so she had to call a friend with her credit-card information.”
Before the actress left the club around 2:30 a.m., the onlooker says, “She was crying and wanted to go home. She kept saying ‘I don’t pay for drinks! This is ridiculous! I’m freaking out!’ ”
This wasn’t the first time Lindsay has been at the center of a sticky-fingers controversy. Some $40,000 worth of Dior baubles went missing from Lindsay’s U.K. Elle cover shoot in July, though her mom, Dina Lohan, maintained her daughter’s innocence, and Elle later stated the magazine staff “had no reason to believe that Lindsay Lohan was in any way responsible.”
In May 2007, Lohan avoided felony grand theft charges when there was insufficient evidence to back a woman’s claim that the star had stolen her clothing.
There was, however, no escaping eyewitness reports of Lohan “stealing” Paris Hilton‘s boyfriend in spring 2006. She and Stavros Niarchos were first spied together five days before he and Hilton broke up – hooking up at the Manhattan clubs Butter and Bungalow 8.
Minks and Marilyn
Drinks and dudes aren’t the only magnets for Lohan. She has also been accused of lifting the formula for a fake tan spray, a stranger’s mink coat and even looks for her photo shoots (take that Marilyn Monroe!).
Inevitably, what goes around comes around, and this year Lohan found herself a victim of a robbery in her Hollywood Hills home while she was in New York. “The safe was ripped out of the wall, and the door was off the hinges and door handles removed,” her mom told PEOPLE in August. “Bags, shoes and jewelry were taken too. Thank God she wasn’t home.”
A group of mostly teenagers have been arrested as part of an alleged burglary ring that targeted the homes of Hollywood stars.
• With reporting by ALYSSA SHELASKY