It's Official! Lindsay Lohan Checks into California Rehab Centre
Lindsay Lohan has checked into a California rehabilitation facility to begin a court-ordered
90-day treatment programme but she did pull off a switcheroo of sorts. LiLo was expected to enrol in
the luxury Seafield Center in New York's Hamptons, which had been approved by
the court, after pleading no contest to charges relating to a car crash in
California last year.
However, she left the Big Apple on a flight
bound for Los Angeles late on Wednesday night (1 May) and instead made her way
to the Morningside Recovery clinic in Newport Beach, California. The last-minute
change prompted her lawyer, Mark Heller, to head to a Los Angeles court early on
Thursday in a bid to get the new treatment facility approved by the star's judge
- even though Lohan had already checked in.
Prosecutor Terry White objected
to the late alteration, arguing that he had only learned about Lohan's decision
to switch programmes from the media and had not been given enough time to
investigate the treatment centre.
White also expressed concerns about the
quality of care provided by Morningside bosses, pointing out that executives had
had their medical licence suspended in 2012 over an issue with the management of
However, Judge James R. Dabney insisted the facility
appeared to be acceptable, and ordered prosecutors to report back to him to give
their official judgement by 10 May, reports TMZ.
reportedly bailed on the Seafield Center as the facility bans patients from
Meanwhile, the troubled actress' father, Michael Lohan, insists
his daughter had "no idea" that Morningside hadn't been approved as her rehab
site when she checked in. He tells CNN.com, "It's not her fault. This poor kid
was a mess before she left."
The actress avoided jail in a last-minute deal
by pleading no contest to misdemeanour reckless driving and providing false
information to police. She was ordered to spend 90 days in rehab and she must
also attend 18 months of psychotherapy sessions and serve 30 days of community
In pleading no contest, Lindsay admitted she had violated her
probation in a 2011 shoplifting case.