For many fans of Lindsay Lohan living in Fresno or anywhere else in the world, today was a day they have either been dreading or looking forward to. As covered by hundreds of sources such as PopEater.com, TMZ, and E! Network, the 24-year old actress willingly surrendered to officials at the Beverly Hills Courthouse today to begin serving her 90-day jail sentence. Arriving about ten minutes late and accompanied by attorney Shawn Chapman Holley and her mother Dina, Lohan’s quickly learned from Judge Marsha Revel that her transition period between jail and her rehab stint has been decreased from 48 to 24 hours. After the hearing, Lohan was relieved of her SCRAM device and escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs to be taken to Lynwood Correctional Facility.
The judge has ordered that no cameras be allowed in the courtroom as the sentence went into effect, therefore no money shot of Lohan’s last moments of freedom exist. However, according to eye-witnesses Lohan remained stoic as the judge spoke, displaying no emotion and did not cry at all. This is in stark contrast to her reaction to receiving her sentence on July 6, after which Holley announced he would resign from Lohan’s legal team and was replaced by Robert Shapiro,who in tern resigned from the case on Monday and so Holley ultimately took the case once again.
Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail on July 6 after failing to appear to her summons to May DUI progress hearing, instead choosing to party in Cannes when she was supposed to appear in court. Lohan’s downward spiral with the legal system began in 2007 when she was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving and possession of cocaine. She had received another DUI charge just a month earlier and spent 84 minutes in jail after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts being under influence of cocaine and no contest to two counts of drunk driving and one count of driving recklessly.
Experts and analysts are predicting that Lohan will ultimately not be serving the full 90 days, and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore expects her jail time to be exactly 23 days. The reason for his prediction, as he describes, is because female inmates taken into custody for nonviolent crimes generally serve only about 25 percent of their sentence.
In other news, RadarOnline.com has released the sixth portion of the leaked audio tape of Mel Gibson admitting to beating his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, and even their infant daughter Lucia while she was in Grigorieva’s arms. Like the portions of the tape released before, the contents are extremely graphic and profane; parental discretion is advised.
If true, then this latest development does not bode well for Gibson as he and Grigorieva prepare to do battle in court over custody of Lucia, assuming no criminal charges are filed. However, as was reported on the TODAY Show, some of Gibson’s supporters have called the authenticity of the tapes and of photos leaked to RadarOnline featuring Grigorieva with bits of her front teeth punched out, reportedly by Gibson, into question. Some have speculated that these tapes have been edited or doctored, not in the episodic release format used by RadarOnline, but the Grigorieva herself before they were turned over. Others have questioned whether she made to tape to earn more money in the custody battle or truly for the sake of exposing the danger she and her child were in while living with Gibson; so far the latter appears to be the case. Also, positive character description by Gibson’s ex-wife Robyn has depicted the actor as a good husband and father, and this type of character witness might be very beneficial to Gibson in a custody case.
More news on the outcome of the Gibson custody batlle as it becomes available.