Lohan has received media attention apart from her acting and singing careers. Her multiple arrests and struggles withalcohol addictionand drug use have become regular tabloidnews.
Lohan has been a frequent attendee at various nightclubs and social events - at times being photographed with nightlife notables such asParis Hiltonand Nicole Richie.Responding to the media's portrayal of Lohan as a "party girl", she commented, "Peoplesay, 'Oh, she goes out and she parties'. No, we are just going out and having fun."Lohan'scar accidentsin 2004-2006 were widely reported. The first, August 2004 inStudio City, California, was a minor rear-ender, though the victims threatened to sue her in 2005. Another, October 2005 inWest Hollywood,occurred when Lohan struck a van.Police determined that the van's driver made an illegalU-turn. November 2006 inLosAngeles, Lohan suffered minor injuries when a paparazzo who was following her for a photograph hit her car. Police called the crash intentional, but prosecutors said there wasnot enough evidence to file criminal charges. WhenVH1named Lohan "Big 'It' Girl"for its '
Big' in '05 Awards
in December, it was, Lohan quipped, "because being Big in'05 means getting in three car crashes in one year, people!"Lohan was hospitalized twice inJanuary 2006. In the first incident, she cut herself on a broken teacup while inLondon; in the second incident, she suffered anasthmaattack while inMiami, Florida.In an interview published in theMarch 2006issue of
,Lohan said she hoped to betaken seriously as an actress, adding, "I hate it when people call me a teen queen." Sheaddressed the numerous romantic rumors ("I know now that I don't need a boyfriend.")and her weight loss ("I will say that I went through a phase. I lost weight when I was inthe hospital, and then I wanted to keep it off."). Lohan said 2005 "felt like five lifetimes because I've grown up a lot".At around the same time, she is reported as having lookedinto the teachings of Kabbalah Centre, saying, "All of us need something. You have tograb on to whatever gets you through."OnJuly 25,2006, the filming of
was delayed while Lohan was admittedto a Los Angeles hospital for treatment of overheating and dehydration, her thirdhospital visit in 2006. In a letter to Lohan and others associated with the production thatwas later made public,James G. Robinson, CEO of the film's production company,Morgan Creek Productions, wrote:"You and your representatives have told us that your various late arrivals andabsences from the set have been the result of illness; today we were told it was'heat exhaustion'. We are well aware that your ongoing all night heavy partyingis the real reason for your so-called 'exhaustion'."Lohan's fourth 2006 hospital visit occurred inSeptember when she was treated atSt.Vincent's Hospitalin New York Cityafter breaking her wrist.OnJanuary 18,2007, Lohan checked herself in to the Wonderland Center
a statement saying, "I have made a proactive decision to take care of my personalhealth." In a later interview, Lohan said, "It's so weird that I went to rehab. I always saidI would die before I went to rehab." But she added that, even after regularly attendingmeetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, "I don't know that I'm necessarily an addict."Lohan was ranked #3 on the
list of Young Hollywood Top-Earners with $6million.
May 26, 2007 arrest
OnMay 26,2007, Lohan lost control of her Mercedes-Benzconvertible and ran thevehicle up a curb. Police found "additional contraband" in the car - which wastentatively identified as a "usable" amount of cocaine. After receiving treatment for minor injuries, Lohan was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under theinfluence of alcohol. Two days later, Lohan entered thePromises Treatment Centers
rehabilitation facility inMalibu, staying for 45 days. A week later, on July 20, Lohan,accompanied by her attorney, surrendered herself to be fingerprinted and photographed.She was released on her own recognizance and assigned a court date of August 24.
July 24, 2007 arrest
In the pre-dawn hours of July 24,2007, theSanta Monicapolice received a 911 callfrom a car being driven by Michelle Peck - whose daughter, Tracie Rice had left her employment as Lohan's personal assistant several hours previously. Peck reported thatshe was being chased by a whiteGMCand feared for her safety. The police later foundPeck and Lohan having a "heated debate" in the parking lot of theSanta Monica CivicAuditorium. Lohan refused to take a breathalyzer test, but agreed to other field sobrietytests. After failing these tests, she was taken to a police station where her blood alcohollevel was tested at between 0.12 and 0.13 percent - above the California legal limit of 0.08 percent. While conducting a search, the police found a small amount of cocaine inher pocket.
Lohan was booked on felony charges of possession of cocaine and transportation of anarcotic- in addition to misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and drivingwith a suspended license. A few hours after Lohan's release on $25,000 bail, her attorney, Blair Berk, issued a statement:
Addiction is a terrible and vicious disease. Since Lindsay transitioned tooutpatient care, she has been monitored on a SCRAM ["Secure ContinuousRemote Alcohol Monitor,"] bracelet and tested daily in order to support her sobriety. Throughout this period, I have received timely and accuratereports from the testing companies. Unfortunately, late yesterday I wasinformed that Lindsay had relapsed. The bracelet has now been removed.She is safe, out of custody and presently receiving medical care.