UPDATE: Lindsay’s lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, released the following statement about today’s proceedings: “Today the Court made clear that Lindsay is in compliance with the terms of her probation, the terms of her electronic monitoring and the laws, rules and regulations of the State of California. The Probation Department’s finding that Lindsay was in violation of probation, as well as its position that she should be subjected to testing were plainly erroneous.”
EARLIER REPORT: Sorry, haters: Lindsay Lohan has done no wrong, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ruled. After Lohan was found to have tested positive for alcohol, the actress was sent back to court Thursday in order for the Judge Stephanie Sautner to determine whether or not she had violated her probation, which stems from a 2007 DUI arrest. But just her luck, a previous judge on Lohan’s case had ruled that her testing period for controlled substances had expired.
Furthermore, as Lohan’s lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley pointed out during a press conference following Sautner’s ruling, alcohol is not a controlled substance, so even if Lohan had been found to be drinking during her testing period (Jan. 3 to Feb. 25), she could not be found in violation of her probation. And since the testing period expired on Feb. 25, Lohan is now able to legally drink alcohol. “She has obeyed all laws,” Holley said. “She has done nothing wrong … The reality is, she’s done everything right this time.” Sautner did, however, tell Lohan that she’s guilty of “extremely poor judgment” for the roof parties she hosted while under house arrest.
As for whether or not the actress really did drink those parties? Chapman says, “I don’t know if she drank alcohol or not … She’s permitted to drink alcohol in her home. Drinking alcohol is legal.”
Lohan must, of course, continue serving her sentence under house arrest. Back in April, the actress was found in violation of probation during a hearing surrounding her misdemeanor theft charge after she was accused of stealing a necklace in a Venice, Calif. jewelry store.
The actress still, however, has been able to stay in the spotlight regardless: She’s filmed a commercial for Beezid.com, and was scheduled to be interviewed by Matt Lauer, before the sit-down was canceled last minute. Lindsay’s rep, Steve Honig, told the Daily News about the Today confusion: “Of course there was a little stress involved … She woke up thinking it would be a brief Today show segment. And you can’t just all of a sudden go from that to let’s sit down and talk about your life for two hours … She wasn’t mentally prepared.” Honig indicated that Lohan would be more inclined for such an interview as soon as she’s “out of the woods, when you can look back and reflect a bit.”