The troubled pop star, who was supposed to turn herself in no later than 8:30 this morning, arrived at court 10 minutes late. After a short court session, Lohan was handcuffed and led away by the sheriff’s department. She will serve her 90 day sentence in isolation at a women’s correctional facility in Lynwood California. Legal analysts expect her to serve only a fraction of the 90 day sentence. However, today’s tardiness may work against her when it comes time for a release date.
Lindsay Lohan, once an up and coming star, is now known more for her tabloid antics and reckless lifestyle than her talent. Lohan has been on probation since 2007 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor drug charges and no contest to 3 DUI charges. Her probation had been extended a year to allow for completion of drug and alcohol education classes. Lohan missed a number of these probation required classes as well as a court day in May. This, and her disregard for the seriousness of her situation, earned her a 90 day jail sentence.
During the recent sentencing phase, Lohan broke down in tears when she realized she was not going to avoid incarceration. At first, Lohan appeared bored as she sat at the defendant’s table with her attorney. However, as the judge made it clear that Lohan had shown a complete disregard for the legal system, a look of panic spread over Lohan’s face. When the judge announced a 90 day sentence Lohan starting sobbing uncontrollably. The judge made it clear that every opportunity was given to Lohan and that Lohan’s actions were the reason for the sentence.
A communication by Lohan on the popular networking site, Twitter, posted 12 hours before her court date demonstrated her lack of commitment to her rehabilitation. “The only ‘bookings’ that I’m familiar with are Disney Films, never thought that I’d be ‘booking’ into jail eeeks,” Lohan wrote.
Lohan will face another 90 days in a drug rehabilitation center once she is released from jail. She will be on strict probation, facing a much more severe sentence should she fail rehab again. For now she is settling into life at a women’s correctional facility. Like other inmates, she will have to wear an orange jumpsuit and standard issue footwear. The flamboyant former star will be stripped of her “bling” for the next few months and will have to suffer a period of complete isolation in jail.
Lohan’s career is in serious jeopardy and many industry analysts feel that it is finished. Even onetime fans have turned against her. An online survey of chat rooms and message boards show a public who have no sympathy for “that spoiled brat.” The public seems fed up with stars who think they’re above the law. Lohan’s popularity as an entertainer has reached an all time low. Like so many troubled stars before her, once the public has had their fill of a celebrity’s tabloid antics, the next step in their career is to be forgotten altogether. Fame is a harsh mistress.