Lindsay Lohan showed up to court today for her arraignment on charged of felony grand theft wearing a blinding white, up-to-there mini-dress, seemingly confident that she would post bail of $20,000 for the theft charges against her and go from court to, who knows, H-Wood or wherever. Lohan pleaded not guilty to the charges against her for theft of a necklace from a Los Angeles jewelry store, but she might get jail time for violating parole even if she swings a plea bargain. The judge in the case, Judge Keith Schwartz, told Lindsay somewhat harshly that now that she faced a felony, things were about to get a whole lot more serious. “You’re in a different situation now that a felony has been filed against you,” he told her. “If you violate the law, I will remand you and set no bail and your attorney won’t be successful this time. … You need to follow the laws just like everybody else … You’re no different than anyone else, so please don’t push your luck.” Lindsay undoubtedly had some choice words for the judge; she just couldn’t fit them all on her nails.
Lohan was also ordered by Deputy D.A. Danette Meyers not to come into contact with the store after the store owners reported that they received flowers from Lohan after the incident. Uhh, this is the law, not the prom, Lindsay. What? “A good probationer doesn’t pick up a new case,” Meyers snarked when Lohan’s lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley mentioned Lindsay had been dutifully reporting to her probation officer. According to the LA Times Lohan’s bail was eventually set at $40,000 ($20,000 for the felony charge and $20,000 for violating parole) and she was remanded into custody. Even after she posts bail, she’ll have to return to court on February 23. Ugh, think of all the extra necklaces she’s going to have to steal now to make up the difference! We mean…
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We hope that $2,500 necklace was worth it! Lindsay Lohan has officially been charged with felony grand theft as a result of her being seen with the necklace that was allegedly stolen from Kamofie & Company in Los Angeles on January 22.
Lohan was seen on the store’s security footage taking the necklace, which was later returned to the LAPD by LiLo’s stylist, but the actress maintains it was a loaner that just wasn’t returned on time. Her arraignment is set to take place this afternoon at 4:30 EST, 1:30 PST and bail has been set at $20,000, which, at that price could have bought quite a few necklaces and avoided the legal trouble. If she’s found guilty of a felony, Lindsay could face anywhere from sixteen months to three years in prison. We’ll keep you posted once her arraignment gets under way.
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Look at Lindsay Lohan getting all prettied up at a salon here. She put in a lot of hair time at Byron Tracey’s in L.A possibly prepping for a mug shot. It’s still a picture, guys—and the day of reckoning is here. You know the story, Lindsay apparently filched a necklace from Kamofie & Company even thought she’s been baying to anyone who’ll listen that she’s innocent. Just like she was innocent of supposedly taking a $400,000 necklace from an Elle Magazine shoot, a $12,000 mink coat from an NYC nightclub and a $35,000 Rolex from a friend. All complete coincidences because SHE’S INNOCENT.
Lindsay’s facing grand theft felony charges today for the alleged necklace theft, but the prosecutor Danette Meyers is going to take all of the other thefts-that-weren’t (according to Lindsay) into account. So back into a courtroom Lindsay goes this afternoon, and the D.A’s rep Jane Robison says that bail will be decided by the judge if LiLo’s found guilty. But hey, at least she’ll look good!
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And you thought this was already a public spectacle. Judge Michael Pastor announced yesterday that the involuntary manslaughter trial against Dr. Conrad Murray for the death of Michael Jackson, set to begin in late March, will be televised. It seems between the public affection for megastar Jackson and the issue being contested—whether Dr. Feelgoods are responsible for when their celebrity clients over dose—make this case a matter of interest for everyone. Is it too early to yell “trial of the century!”?
We’ve heard a lot about the case against Dr. Conrad Murray—that he was a money-hungry drug pusher more than a concerned doctor—but TMZ has shined some light on how Murray will respond to charges that he provided Michael with hospital-strength anesthetics and waited a half hour to call paramedics after finding the body. Possibly dropping Murray’s “soda defense”, since prosecutors will argue it doesn’t matter whether Jackson administered the Propofol himself or not, it looks like Murray’s team will argue Jackson was in failing health due to the intense rehearsals for This Is It. It’s as smart a move as the doctor could make—admit he was wrong to supply the drugs but get off on being responsible for his death—but it seems like unlike the court of public opinion will buy it. Do you?
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If the excited folks at TMZ can be believed, Lindsay Lohan will face grand theft felony charges this week—possibly even today. Apparently the DA’s office isn’t buying Lindsay’s “borrowed” necklace story, and they’ll do their damnedest to see the probationer finally faces some jail time after years of treating LA like her drunken playground…while not making kazillions for a corporation like cocaine enthusiast Charlie Sheen does.
Though authorities have yet to give an official statement, the site is frothing over the possibility that Lindsay will be led to jail in handcuffs—a sight that would probably require most paparazzi to bring an extra pair of jeans just in case they cream themselves. Will the LAPD put Lindsay through such public embarrassment or will she just sneak in the back door—or even be arrested at all? LiLo doesn’t appear to be sweating it, though—she was out at the opening of Giuseppe Zanotti’s new store in Beverly Hills last night, partying with none other than Kanye West. See photos in the gallery below.
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Yesterday we had reported on Lindsay Lohan‘s latest bout of trouble with the law. This round has Lindsay in the red for allegedly stealing jewelry (again). Braniac LiLo was seen swanning around with the filched item (a necklace, seen above in the photo), and was even caught on surveillance video taking the piece from the store Ã‚Â Kamofie & Company. Judge Katherine Mader apparently had signed a search warrant, but before cops could show up at her pad, Lindsay’s stylist returned the $2,500 priced pendant to the LAPD.
Rumors are swirling that the actress was tipped off about the police trouble, which is why she acted so quickly. Giving weight to the rumors, is that the necklace was returned to the police and not to the store which the necklace was from. Lindsay’s excuse is that she borrowed the necklace. It was apparently on loan, and the stylist simply forgot to return it. What’s the we smell? Oh right…bulls—.
But back to the pesky footage of her and the stolen items.Ã‚Â Lindsay’s best defense is to keep her mouth shut, and that her mouth was shut on the video. Basically, there’s no audio on the tapes, so while they show her taking the necklace, it doesn’t prove that the transaction wasn’t just a loan. The owner could have given her permission, you just can’t hear it. Also, the fact that the owner of Kamofie & Company hadn’t contacted her about the necklace even though he had her details, is another possible saving grace for LiLo. This ain’t over yet, folks. We’ll keep you posted.
Is Lindsay Lohan a thief? She’s being accused of stealing some mega bling, although it’s unclear whose jewelry it is. But the charges are serious enough for police to ask an L.A judge to issue a search warrant of her Venice Beach pad. What’s more damning is that pictures and a video of LiLo wearing the missing pieces supposedly exist.
A source explained to RadarOnline, “Lindsay is being accused of stealing high end jewelry, including a necklace. A search warrant was requested Tuesday at the Airport Court to search Lindsay’s house for the item of jewelry in question. Lindsay has been photographed and there is a video of her wearing the jewelry she is accused of stealing.”
Lindsay could be charged with felony if the bling is worth more than $5,000, but we’re still waiting to hear if the judge agreed to allow a search warrant. This is just another run of bad luck for the recently sober actress, who’s still in the news because of her Betty Ford worker assault drama. Either way, it’s a possibility that Lindsay could be heading back to jail. This isn’t the first we’ve heard of Lindsay apparently stealing stuff either. Two years ago she was accused of waltzing off with jewelry from a magazine photo shoot, as well as nabbing a partier’s fur coat at a club. So many stories! Do you think Lindsay really is a kleptomaniac?
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Looks like someone’s not aiming for a plea deal—Dr. Conrad Murray pleaded “not guilty” this morning to charges of involuntary manslaughter. “I’m an innocent man, Your Honor,” he said, according to TMZ. “I definitely plead not guilty.” Murray is accused of criminal negligence in connection to the Propofol overdose that killed Michael Jackson, and could spend up to four years in prison if found guilty.
Though Murray’s lawyer claims Jackson could have administered the final dose himself while Murray was out of the room, the DA is arguing that, since the doctor knew the strength of Propofol and the extent of MJ’s addiction to painkillers, leaving the singer alone with the hospital-strength drug makes him liable either way. His bizarre behavior upon finding Jackson—Murray’s accused of waiting 25 minutes to call 911—certainly suggests he knew he could get in trouble. Murray’s trial is scheduled to begin March 28th.
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That Gary Busey is just a weirdness magnet. Patrice Karst and Mark Abel were arrested yesterday after the pair told police that Busey was driving erratically, and then took photos when the actor was pulled over by cops. The new Celebrity Apprentice contestant was reportedly stone cold sober, but—after the pair refused to leave the scene—a cop found marijuana on Patrice and took them both in on obstructing a peace officer.
You don’t have to be Gary Busey to be confused right now. Were they paparazzi trying to create a story? Stoner Busey groupies? Two of Randy Quaid’s “Hollywood Star Whackers”—caught in the act? Leave Gary Busey alone, people!The guy can make plenty of chaos for himself.
The preliminary hearing in the manslaughter case against Dr. Conrad Murray continues, with the defense arguing that Michael Jackson likely administered his lethal overdose of Propofol himself. The theory goes that Jackson, frustrated with his inability to sleep and annoyed Murray would only give him a small dose, waited until the doctor left the room and either injected himself with Propofol, or put some in the juicebox next to his bed (traces of the drug were found in his stomach). Murray’s attorney even made a point of asking a doc if the box had been tested for Propofol (it hadn’t). Could MJ have been drinking anesthetic with a fruit juice chaser?
Witnesses for the DA, however, argued it doesn’t matter if Jackson poured Propofol on an ice cream sundae—it’s Murray’s fault the singer had access to the dangerous drug in the first place. A strong, addictive substance also known as “milk of amnesia,” Propofol usually only used in monitored contexts, like hospitals. According to Dr. Christopher Rogers, Murray’s criminally negligent if he left a known addict alone at home with massive quantities of the drug—and Murray ordered 255 vials of the stuff that month. Looks like this “juicebox” theory might even be lamer than Murray’s “soda pop” defense.
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