The house party is over for Lindsay Lohan, at least while she’s on house arrest. Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner chided Lohan on Thursday for having rooftop parties at her home while serving house arrest on a probation violation but said the actress hadn’t violated any other rules.
“If you are guilty of some violation of your probation, I don’t see it,” Sautner said. “What you are guilty of is extremely poor judgment.”
Lohan tearfully hugged her attorney, Shawn Holley, after the hearing. Earlier, the actress told Sautner she wanted to put her court troubles behind her.
“Do you want to get on with your life, tell me,” Sautner asked. “Yes, I do,” Lohan replied. It was the only time she spoke during the hearing.
The judge said Lohan didn’t violate her probation by testing positive for alcohol during a recent test. The testing requirement, imposed by another judge, ended in February. Holley said after the hearing that Lohan, 24, had undergone more scrutiny than any other defendant and has been abiding by the terms of her sentence.
“She has done nothing wrong,” Holley said, noting that alcohol is not illegal. Some of the parties at Lohan’s home in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles were photographed by paparazzi. “Don’t give people a reason to hate you,” Sautner told her. “Don’t do stupid things that fly in the face of the court’s order.”
Sautner said Lohan can only have one friend over at her house at a time but can host family and business associates. Sautner ordered Lohan to appear in court on July 21, but said she wouldn’t incur any additional penalties if she abided by the terms of her probation.
Sautner is the fifth judge to handle Lohan’s case since she was arrested twice in 2007. In April, Lohan was found in violation of her probation for taking a necklace without permission.
Lohan is nearing the end of what is expected to be a 35-day term on house arrest on a four-month jail sentence. Sautner made clear she didn’t approve of the house arrest or Lohan’s early release, but noted it was out of her control.
All of Lohan’s jail stints have been shortened due to jail overcrowding.
Her house arrest has been far from uneventful — authorities went to the actress’ home four days after she began her sentence on May 26 because her ankle monitor reported being out of range.
The battery in Lohan’s ankle monitor was going bad, authorities determined, but also noted in a probation report that she had hosted friends the night before and one of them had spilled a drink on some of the equipment.