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Actress Lindsay Lohan arrived on time to her court-ordered community service at a morgue on Friday, after nearly jeopardizing her probation one day earlier by turning up late and being refused entry.

The troubled star dressed somberly in black and arrived prior to her 7am start at the Los Angeles County Morgue to begin court-ordered community service, performing tasks such as cleaning toilets, mopping floors and emptying trash bins.

The Mean Girls actress, 25, had been on probation as part of her sentence for stealing a gold necklace from a jewelry store earlier this year, but on Wednesday, a judge revoked probation after she failed to adequately serve her community service punishment at a women’s center in Los Angeles.

The judge sent Lohan, instead, to the morgue and set a new hearing for Nov. 2, to decide if Lohan in fact violated probation and, as a result, should go to jail.

Lohan had been scheduled to begin work at the morgue on Thursday, but was late. Her spokesman blamed the tardiness on confusion over the morgue’s entrance location and the media gathered outside.

Also in trouble with the law is Michael Douglas’ imprisoned son, who pleaded guilty to a new drug charge Thursday, admitting that he managed to get drugs in prison even while he was cooperating with the government in a drug investigation.

Cameron Douglas, 32, pleaded guilty to a narcotics possession charge, saying, “God knows I’m sorry about this situation.”

Although the charge carries the potential for a 20-year prison term, a plea deal with prosecutors recommended Douglas serve between a year and 18 months in prison. His sentencing was set for Dec. 21.

Michael Douglas, who was not in court, said in a statement that his son’s offense involved a small user-quantity of drugs.

“Cameron accepts full responsibility for his conduct,” the father said. “While he has made much progress, he is still not cured. Most people and their families are able to address this illness privately and outside the spotlight. Unfortunately this has not been possible here — for reasons completely outside of his control. He thanks those that have rooted for his recovery and looks forward to the day when he will not disappoint.”

The plea came just two weeks after Cameron Douglas testified as a government witness against a co-defendant facing drug charges. The testimony was part of the cooperation he promised when he was sentenced to five years in prison after his arrest in July 2009 for dealing methamphetamine from a high-end Manhattan hotel.

While Cameron Douglas has admitted his guilt, rapper Soulja Boy has said he is innocent of drug and weapon charges after being arrested and freed on bail last week in Atlanta, Georgia.

“I’m innocent man. I love you all. I just want you’ll to know I’m innocent,” the hip-hop singer posted late Tuesday on Twitter after putting up US$10,000 in bail money to secure his release, reported news outlet CBS Atlanta.

The 21 year-old rapper, whose real name is DeAndre Cortez Way, three of his bodyguards and a driver each were arrested earlier Tuesday on felony charges of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm.

On Tuesday night, the rapper took to Twitter to thank his fans and promote his new documentary biopic Soulja Boy: The Movie that was also released on Tuesday.

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