Lindsay Lohan loses bid to ease drug testing

Restrictions may mean she can't film new movie, but judge stands firm on consequences for probation violation

By Linda Deutsch

Published May 24, 2010 7:30PM (EDT)

A judge on Monday refused a request by Lindsay Lohan's attorney to ease restrictions involving drug and alcohol testing on the actress so she can film a movie in Texas.

Lohan, wearing a dark gray suit, appeared somber and concerned when she conferred with her attorney about attaching an alcohol-monitoring bracelet to her ankle and requiring drug testing every week in the Los Angeles area.

Lohan's attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, told the judge that Lohan was planning to travel to Texas to film a movie, but the judge suggested the actress may have to delay the project.

Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel offered to spend a half hour reading Lohan and Holley a list of reasons for ordering the bracelet, drug tests and an alcohol-education program. Holley declined and accepted the judge's decision.

The judge also set a probation violation hearing for July 6 to address Lohan's failure to appear in court last week for a scheduled progress report on her probation stemming from two arrests in 2007.

Lohan, 23, did not address a throng of media outside the courthouse as she walked in several minutes late to the hearing and sat down beside Holley.

Lohan arrived in the Los Angeles area Saturday after a flight from Europe, where she spent a few days at the Cannes Film Festival and partying into the wee hours on the day she was supposed to be in court in Beverly Hills.

She was to be arrested upon her return to Los Angeles for missing the mandatory hearing, but the judge recalled the warrant late Thursday after Lohan posted bail.

Holley said Lohan's passport was stolen while in Cannes and she was unable to return to Los Angeles in time for last week's hearing. Holley told Revel on Monday she has proof Lohan had an airplane ticket to return for the hearing.

Lohan has been on probation since August 2007 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor drug charges and no contest to three driving charges. The plea came after a pair of high-profile arrests earlier that year.

Linda Deutsch

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