Actress Lindsay Lohan pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony grand theft of a US$2,500 necklace — the most serious charge yet filed against the troubled starlet who has wrestled with drug and alcohol abuse for years.
“You’re in a different situation now that a felony has been filed,” Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz scolded Lohan after she entered the plea through her attorney. “Everybody else has to follow the law. You’re no different than anyone else. So please, don’t push your luck.”
Saying it appeared Lohan had violated her probation in a 2007 drunken driving case, Schwartz set bail at US$40,000 and warned that if she was accused of breaking the law while free, he would have her held without bail.
Lohan, 24, posted bail and was released about an hour after the hearing. She could face up to three years in state prison if eventually convicted of stealing the necklace in January from a Venice Beach store.
The jewelry case is not Lohan’s only legal concern. Prosecutors in Riverside County are considering whether to charge the actress with battery for an altercation with a rehab worker at the Betty Ford Center in December.
Lohan may be difficult, but she’s not the worst, according to a recent survey. Outspoken, overtanned Jersey Shore star Snooki has topped a poll as the nightmare celebrity date for Valentine’s Day.
The 23 year-old star of the hit reality show about Italian-Americans, whose real name is Nicole Polizzi, got 41 percent of votes in a poll of omg! Yahoo readers on the woman with whom they would least like to spend Valentine’s Day. Socialite Paris Hilton was second.
Justin Bieber fared little better. A third of adults questioned said it would be a nightmare to go out on Valentine’s Day with the 16 year-old Canadian heartthrob.
Bieber even beat bad boy actors Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson, who came fourth and fifth in the poll of 2,002 Americans aged between 18 and 64 for the online survey.
Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie were the two top choices for “dream female celebrity date”, with Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt voted the most romantic males. Jolie was the top choice among lesbians, while gay men went for Ryan Reynolds.
As for a movie after Valentine’s Day dinner, Titanic is still the hands-down winner, followed by The Notebook.
The poll was carried out for Yahoo’s celebrity news Web site omg! last month.
Two Texas women say they turned up topless in a Jim Jones video without their permission, and they’re suing the New York-based rapper over the Summer Time shots.
Sharie Johnson and Samantha Stotts filed a lawsuit against the rapper last Wednesday in New York, saying their privacy was violated by the shots in his Summer Time video, in which Jones and various others cavort on a tropical beach while he proclaims that he “can’t wait for the summer time.”
Johnson and Stotts, two Houston-area friends in their 20s, were on a hotel’s private beach last May in Miami Beach, Florida, when they noticed the We Fly High rapper’s film crew and an entourage, their lawyer, Taso Pardalis, said Thursday.
“They weren’t too impressed” and didn’t even know who Jones was, Pardalis said.
The women initially didn’t realize they were being recorded and covered up or darted away when they did, Pardalis said. While one shot appeared to be a close-up, it was made from farther away, he said. They were aghast when a friend spotted the video online and alerted them this winter, the attorney said.