Lindsay Lohan was taken into custody on a probation violation Wednesday after a Los Angeles women’s center kicked her out of its community service program for poor attendance.
“That’s appropriate,” the actress reportedly told a friend when informed her community service was being reassigned to the county morgue, where she will need to go every day until her next court date.
“If I go back to jail, my career will be dead too,” a Sun-Times source quoted Lohan as saying.
While Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner revoked Lohan’s probation and had her led from the courtroom in handcuffs, she freed her after the actress posted $100,000 bail, saying Lohan was entitled to a hearing scheduled for Nov. 2.
“There has been violation after violation,” said Sautner, referring to Lohan’s multiple pending legal problems that include a 2007 drunken driving case.
Lohan has been sent to jail four previous times, only to be released due to jail overcrowding.
“If jail meant something in the state of California now, maybe I’d put her in jail,” Sautner said.
A source close to Lohan said, “I think Lindsay finally has realized this is it. Until today, it really seemed she thought the judge would buy her story. … I think she now knows that’s no longer true, and she has to walk a very narrow line, or she will be going to jail for a year.”
Lohan had been ordered in April to serve 360 hours at the Downtown Women’s Center, an agency that helps homeless women. Nine of Lohan’s appointments at the center were “just blown off” and she “showed up once and left after an hour,” Sautner said.
Lohan has since started serving hours with the American Red Cross, but Sautner said that would not count because it was not part of her sentence.
During the tense proceedings, Sautner criticized Lohan for failing to show up for her four-hour appointments at the women’s center and taking six months to complete a court-ordered Shoplifters Anonymous course. The judge also asked how Lohan could have complied with her court-ordered weekly psychological counseling when she was traveling in Europe from Sept. 9 to Oct. 5.
“I don’t know how she did that in person every week,” said Sautner.
Lohan, aside from a role in last year’s film “Machete,” has seen her acting career evaporate in recent years. She has been in perpetual trouble since May 2010.
Another judge determined she violated her probation in a 2007 drunken driving case and sentenced her to jail and rehab. She faltered after being released early from a rehab facility early and was sent to the Betty Ford Center, where she got in an altercation with a rehab worker who later sued.
Within weeks of her release from Betty Ford, Lohan was accused of taking a $2,500 necklace without permission from an upscale jewelry store near her home in Los Angeles.
Sautner determined the January incident constituted a probation violation, and Lohan was ordered to undergo psychological counseling and perform 480 hours of community service, with 120 hours to be spent at the morgue.
Lohan later pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge in the theft case and served 35 days of a four-month sentenced on house arrest.