In the video over the jump, as the judge orders a prison term, Lindsay Lohan appears to mouth the words “She’s jailing me?” to her lawyer and then the lip goes a-quiver in disbelief.

You were expecting maybe a margherita? Pic: AFP


What did Lohan think was going to happen when she had a drink while wearing a court-ordered alcohol monitoring bracelet? A bracelet which, if you remember, she was ordered to wear after breaching probation - on charges of drink-driving and cocaine possession.

Surely she couldn’t have thought the judge would roll with another story like she told in May when she failed to turn up for a court appearance, which was basically that she had been stuck in France because a dog at the Cannes Film Festival ate her passport.

The 90-day sentence sounds like a long stretch but she’ll be kept away from the general inmates and local authorities have already said offenders in Lohan’s category only tend to serve about a quarter of their sentences due to overcrowding. So maybe 25 days, plus probably time off for good behaviour, she’ll be out in couple of weeks.

Even at that it’s not really as harsh a punishment as it sounds, considering this stems from incidents leading to two arrests in 2007, repeated violation of her probation terms from drink-driving and drug possession charges.

Consider Lohan’s reaction in contrast to how often you’ll see the phrase “he / she showed no response as the judge passed sentence” in everyday criminal trials.

News.com.au has the story here and the Washington Post has a neat potted history of the story here.

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    • LifeofY says:

      10:27am | 07/07/10

      Suck it up Princess!
      How many ‘get out of jail free’ cards do you think a has-been starlet gets?
      Considering she’ll more than likely only spend 5 minutes in Jail due to over-crowding (remember Paris Hilton or Nicole Richie), she deserves the punishment.  How will she ever learn if she’s not punished.
      And as Dr Phil will tell you, don’t threaten children with punishment you aren’t willing to dish out, otherwise you set yourself up for a repeat performance. About time the legal system in the States got this.

    • Craig says:

      08:45pm | 07/07/10

      Oh the legal system in the U.S got it alight. If your poor or from a minority, you’ll receive much harsher sentencing. U.S prisons are almost as bad as those Soviet Gulags. Read a few prison memoirs, docos (even pop culture offers an insight) - U.S prisons are crazy. The only way to survive is to be an animal or to be done over like a pig. I think they are places for perpetuating and instilling evil.

      U.S prisons are also ethnic/colour based and segregated. No well meaning lets get a long white dude (chick) retains that mentality for long - not when your judged by your ethnicity. Ditto for some black guy or Latino. The norms in prision are very primal.

    • Jason says:

      10:34am | 07/07/10

      Poor Lilo would’ve received a margherita if sentenced to jail in Victoria.  Plus foxtel, night time ice cream, day release with mates, even more alcohol and drugs…. Then again she wouldn’t have received jail in Victoria.

    • Kordez says:

      10:59am | 07/07/10

      This morning I awoke prepared, with new Cane Toad vs. Cockroach jokes to strum some Origin banter into my colleagues across the boarder, but sometimes life gives us little gifts which we can’t help but be distracted by.
      Feral actions are finally catching up with Hollywood delinquents, maybe Lindsay thought that no judge could throw the cute kid from Parent Trap in prison or that the public was entertained by her criminal and irresponsible behaviour, although I’m certain Lindsay Lohan has not entertained until today. I’d have paid good money to have sat in that court room, even more to have had the opportunity to throw a sentence down to her.
      I often get the urge to pry my eyes out with a fork when Lilo’s stunts are published, however this is justice at it’s best! Essentially she has delayed the tragedy that was soon to be her own reality TV show and I for one hope it remains axed. Couch Potatoes across the globe can rejoice! Was today the first time Lindsay has been sober since she was 13 or did she force out tears with her superior acting ability? Well I’m crying too Lindsay, mine are real though. Enjoy jail, I’ll be at the pub to celebrate your incarceration and QLD’s victory.

    • Pedrosaurus says:

      11:03am | 07/07/10

      Oh that’s so precious, I can’t decide who has the best “Oh shit I’m going to jail!” face, Lohan or Paris Hilton!

      Haaa haaa to both of them!

    • DJ says:

      12:04pm | 07/07/10

      The best one would have to be as I say below Schappelle Corby when she is sentenced, that is golden

    • James1 says:

      01:30pm | 07/07/10

      I disagree DJ.  The best one was Mercedes Corby after her sister’s sentencing.  But Schappelle is a very, very close second.

    • Andy D says:

      03:22pm | 07/07/10

      Oh man, I haven’t heard the name Mercedes Corby in some time, how soon we forget. For a brief flicker of time she was the screaming banshee of Australian tabloid TV. Fun times.

    • Warren says:

      11:10am | 07/07/10

      Silly cow. People are fed up with celebrities expecting “special” treatment, nice to see one of them copping what the rest of us would have received.

    • Zeta says:

      11:31am | 07/07/10

      I just think it’s kind of sad more than anything. In the realm of manufactured popular singers / actors - Lohan was legitimately talented. I actually watched and enjoyed Mean Girls because it was interesting, well made, and suprisingly bleak for early 21st Century teen fare. I actually wrote an essay on it that year for Contemporary Literature called ‘Post 9/11 Teen Comedy: If You Don’t Watch Mean Girls, Al Qaeda Have Won’. I don’t think I got a distinction if I remember, but I felt it was a debate worth having at the time.

      Lindsey Lohan, for me at least, reflects that specific moment in time, 2003 - the internet was taking its first baby steps as a genuine medium for serious ideas, driven forward by activists in the wake of the Iraq War (Part 2, the Saddamening), John Howard, George Bush and Tony Blair were plastered everywhere as poster children for some new evil Illuminatus triumvinate, there were war crimes commited by the West on the front page of our broadsheets - for my generation, we’d never had to ask our selves wether it was right or wrong to murder people in the name of ideological / economic wars, that was something our parents did, in between smoking pot and having sex without condoms.

      How do you write comedy in that environment? How do you entertain at all in the world of Patriot Acts, ASIO Acts, sedition laws, and ever present ethereal threat of terrorism?

      You turn to the old stand bys, you take a pretty girl who learns quickly, and you make a pop star out of them the old fashioned way. Lindsay Lohan was Britney Spears for the new Millenium. She was edgy, and intelligent, and self-referential. Soothing pop culture for the soul in between CNN thermal camera broadcasts of bombs going off over Baghdad. 

      Here is a fascinating anecdote - Lohan released her first album in the wake of Mean Girls to cash in on her burdgeoning popularity (or more rightly, Universal Music did) - and the hit single from that album, if any one even dares to remember now, was ‘Rumours’, a song ostensibly about the trade in gossip concerning Lindsay’s private life… but the album was completed before shooting on Mean Girls wrapped and its release kept on hold until Lohan was hot Holywood property, launching after she’d hosted the MTV Music Awards, which was the point at which Lilo gossip went from being a passtime of Perez Hilton’s to an international obsession.

      In the same way the Jim Garrison asked some pretty heavy questions about the JFK assassination upon discovering that secret service personell in New Zealand had been informed of the killing hours before it actually happened, we should all be skeptical, and a little sympathetic for Lindsay in the knowledge that the people who for all intents and purposes own her, that is, the management of Universal Records and their subsidaries planted the seeds of her demise long before she was a celebrity.

      Holywood and the music industry know how to manufacture stardom. They’ve been doing it for some 70 years. But it’s only in the last decade they’re perfected manufacturing… this. What can you even call it? They probably have a name, and a method of monetizing it. With the kind of care and mentoring that someone like Scarlet Johanson received from the industry, Lindsay Lohan could be a respected artist. But instead, she was singled out for the downward spiral, a sacrifice to entertain us all. Is this what people really want? Because I for one would have preferred Mean Girls 2, instead of watching the poor girl ruin her life under the stewardship of the multinational corporation that owns her.

    • TheBigMicka says:

      11:49am | 07/07/10

      perfectly valid argument for a world where people don’t have to take responsibility for their own actions.

    • Kordez says:

      12:59pm | 07/07/10

      I kinda agree, there has to be a connection between Hollywood success and poor behaviour, too many of the rich and famous develop themselves a toxic yet and publicly humiliating lifestyle.

      “I wasn’t expecting any special treatment aside from the understanding that I have to provide for myself, I have to work, and my schedule is unfortunately very different.” I think this one should go down in the famous quotations book next to Paris Hiltons “Wal-mart… do they like make walls there?”

      Still, Lilo wasn’t crying because faces 90 days locked up, what really upset her is 90 days is a long time to go without a drink and only one photo! Can’t wait to see that mug shot, I might have it framed.

    • pete says:

      02:22pm | 07/07/10

      “Post 9/11 Teen Comedy: If You Don’t Watch Mean Girls, Al Qaeda Have Won’ - Zeta, on the title alone I would’ve given you a distinction.

    • Andy D says:

      04:34pm | 07/07/10

      Mean Girls as the subject of a Literature essay? And people wonder why arts graduates are laughed at!

      ‘Mean Girls’ wasn’t even that good, it was just a mainstream rehash of ‘Heathers’ without all the murders.

      When it comes to pure bitch factor Heather Chandler makes Regina George look like a fluffy kitten in a tissue advertisement.

    • Craig says:

      08:55pm | 07/07/10

      Such a nice flow. Great stuff!  And then you get into Bilderberger/Freemason/Lizard people/Uncle Napoleon territory with this conspiracy pap. The responsibility for her spiral is hers alone - not some ‘Len Grossman caricature led cabal’ from inside some Hollywood lair.

      /koo koo.

    • Jay says:

      11:57am | 07/07/10

      Interesting to see how the US legal system deals with these type of matters.If she had been in Australia she would have been long gone with a slap on the wrist.Perhaps we should encourage all the Hollywood brat packers to emigate over to OZ.We could start an industry.

    • DJ says:

      12:02pm | 07/07/10

      How funny is the look on her face? it’s almost as hilarious as Schapelle Corby’s performance when she was sentenced to 20 years smacking her hand on her forehead, GOLD!

    • Krista says:

      12:29pm | 07/07/10

      DJ Am I the only one sick of hearing Schapelle Corby’s name? She did the crime for heavens sake she should shut up and do the time. The Corby’s are like a bad smell you just can’t get rid of. I am glad Lindsay Lohan is not Australian or we would all be badgered in Schapelle fashion until she was released

    • DJ says:

      12:56pm | 07/07/10

      Krista, I too am over the whole Corby thing, I use her only as a reference to hilarious prison incidents, I am sick of her and her wanting to have a baby in jail and her mother saying she will be a good mother, blah blah blah, enough already

    • JS says:

      12:37pm | 07/07/10

      celebrities are gods! how dare they incarcerate a deity?! we treat them as gods (we certainly pay homage to them and sacrifice our meager earnings). so having accepted our offerings, they behave as gods do and get away with things that we simpletons do not. when gods do naughty things, we simple folks SHOULD give them special treatment. maybe a glass cage with 24/7 web-i-vized footage?

    • Hope she finds JEBUS says:

      12:46pm | 07/07/10

      Finally these idiots are getting jail time for what an “average” American would be punished harshly for.  I wonder if jail for these Hollywood brats is like the Stamford Plaza, it wouldn’t surprise me!

    • PW says:

      01:00pm | 07/07/10

      Do they REALLY ban grown adults from consuming what is a legal product, put a monitor on them, and throw them in jail for the monitor going off? Am I the ONLY person who thinks this girl is being stitched up something nasty? And will chucking her in the slammer for three months really solve anything? The USA is a funny place all right.

    • Miles says:

      01:15pm | 07/07/10

      Yes, you are the only one.

    • Kordez says:

      01:17pm | 07/07/10

      @PW, Lilo wasn’t banned from doing anything. She was given the choice, to drink or not drink. Clearly she didn’t consider this a choice, so ignored the request of a judge and will pay 3 months of her life for it.
      I’d consider that pretty fair.

    • DJ says:

      01:18pm | 07/07/10

      it’s for drug and alcohol offenses, not just because she had a drink she broke her parole, you break your parole it’s automatic jail time and sucked in for that

    • hugh says:

      01:20pm | 07/07/10

      She crashed her car while drunk - illegal
      She had coke on her - illegal
      She was told by a judge, to avoid jail - do xyx - didnt abide by the courts ruling - illegal

    • Julie Coker-Godson says:

      01:28pm | 07/07/10

      Yes, PW they do in the USA.  The age of majority in the US is 21 and that is the age apparently that one must be to partake in alcohol.  I think its ridiculous myself and I agree with you up to a point.  However, she did have some drink driving issues along with that, and that issue I don’t agree with.  Part of her probation on the drink/driving was mandatory attendance of alcohol rehabilitation classes and she failed to attend the required number of them, presenting some pretty weak excuses into the bargain.  The court simply refused to accept any more excuses and it was for *this* that she was jailed for 90 days.  During that time she will be doing the classes she should have been doing in the first place.

    • Steve says:

      01:07pm | 07/07/10

      I kept telling her, “Lindsey, go to Australia, no one ever gets called up for acting like a knob.”
      But NOOOO she wouldn’t listen to me, now look what a real justice system has gone and done to her.

    • Kordez says:

      01:49pm | 07/07/10

      Good point Steve,

    • PaulB says:

      01:59pm | 07/07/10

      She could come to Australia and take up a sport.  She’d become a fallen hero then, while still drinking and popping whatever she wanted.

    • Trevor says:

      01:08pm | 07/07/10

      PW, consuming alcohol is legal. Consuming more than a certain amount of alcohol and then driving isn’t.

    • PW says:

      01:48pm | 07/07/10

      Seems to me like the driving is the problem more than the drinking. So take her licence away. Getting rotten and having a little snort isn’t great for a young woman but PLENTY of people do it and don’t get put in jail. Seems like a soft target for some good ol’ American hypocrisy to me.

    • DJ says:

      02:33pm | 07/07/10

      yes because no one drives unlicensed

    • dancan says:

      01:53pm | 07/07/10

      So, so good

    • Steve says:

      01:57pm | 07/07/10

      Love all the people here talking about what happens in a “real” justice system.

      Judging by the “discounts” given to celebrities in the past due to “overcrowding”, my guess is that she’ll serve no more than a week.

    • TheRealDave says:

      02:05pm | 07/07/10

      I’d say, as someone who despises celebrity and wanna be tramps, that this ‘decision’ was more about the Judges ego and publicity than anything else.

      If Lilo wasn’t a celeb she would have got a slap on the wrists for the original offense and never would have been chased up about any alleged parole violations.

      Here in Oz she would have been let off with a fine fir the original crime, no conviction recorded because she was a celeb.

      $5 says this Judge is running for public office within 5 years and is ‘tough on crime’.

    • Lohans Law Team says:

      02:24pm | 07/07/10

      She should have sacked her lawyer well beforehand…she didn’t even know the previous sentence that Lohan had served when questioned!

      It may be a sad indictment on our society, but Channel Seven was the only outlet in Australia broadcasting this live. Not even that darling of all things war and celebrity - FOX News - carried it live!

    • KM says:

      03:02pm | 07/07/10

      Why in the world should this be broadcast live?  It’s really not very important that a Hollywood startlet got a small jail term for breaching parole!

    • jack says:

      02:28pm | 07/07/10

      Yes Lilo, jail tends to follow violations of court orders

      Except, it would seem, in Canberra where you can pretty much do anything and not get gaol time.

    • Brad Price says:

      02:54pm | 07/07/10

      I’m sure she will be going to a very nice gaol, with lots of drugs and alcohol available like most American prisons.
      The only thing she wil have to get used to is the “real” lesbians…..

    • Craigj says:

      05:06pm | 07/07/10

      Priceless.  Thought the remark “I have to work, and my schedule is unfortunately very different.”  was very telling of her twisted view of reality, I’m sure the poor average schmo working three jobs for $15 an hour would think her “schedule” was quite sweet.

    • Simon says:

      07:19pm | 07/07/10

      Now Lindsay, these aren’t Family Court orders.  They are from a real court and there are consequences if you don’t obey!

    • The Redman says:

      07:28pm | 07/07/10

      I feel sorry for her, even though I don’t know what she’s supposed to be talented at. Acting? Singing? Not sure, but what she did is not gaolable in my view.

    • 1law4all says:

      08:30pm | 07/07/10

      when the president(s) of her country can get away with the the illegal invasions of sovereign contries, and the murders of hundreds of thousands of innocent civillians, with no legal repercussions, it does seem a little harsh.

    • DJ says:

      09:36am | 08/07/10

      It’s not against the law to go to war against other COUNTRIES (spell check mate) so of course there is no legal ramifications, sheesh

    • 1law4all says:

      03:11pm | 08/07/10

      well, on your first point, you couldnt be more wrong. there are laws and theres lawful war and unlawful war, iraq and afghanistan, are unlawful wars. i guess youd find it perfectly acceptable then if china decided to send unmanned drones to wipe out wedding parties in australia huh? your second point, yes - i made a typo, shoot me. sheesh.

    • DJ says:

      01:46pm | 12/07/10

      That would be hilarious! How can they be unlawful wars when no ones been arrested for starting them? where is the law breaking?

      I will, get me a gun and stand still

 

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