Lindsay Lohan attorney says actress will go to jail
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lindsay Lohan's new attorney, celebrity lawyer Robert Shapiro, said on Friday the troubled actress will got to jail as recently ordered by the judge overseeing her probation.
Last week, California Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel ordered Lohan to begin serving a 90-day jail sentence on July 20 for violating the terms of her probation on drunk driving charges because Lohan had missed alcohol education classes.
Since then, Lohan's previous attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, resigned and media reports surfaced on Thursday this week that Lohan hired Shapiro but may be trying to avoid jail.
"I have agreed to represent Ms. Lohan on the condition she comply with the terms of probation, including a requirement of jail imposed by Judge Marsha Revel," Shapiro said in a statement on Friday.
"Ms. Lohan is suffering from a disease that I am all too familiar with. Hopefully, I can be of assistance to Ms. Lohan and Judge Revel in implementing a treatment approach recommended by medical professionals for Ms. Lohan's long term recovery and sobriety," the statement said.
Shapiro is a well-known Los Angeles attorney who has represented many Hollywood stars over the years, and he was part of the "dream team" of attorneys who represented football player O.J. Simpson in his trial for the murder of his wife.
Shapiro's son Brent died in 2005 due to a combination of drinking alcohol and taking the drug ecstasy. Since then, Shapiro has been dedicated himself to helping others overcome their own addiction problems.
His family started the Brent Shapiro Foundation as well as the Pickford Lofts sober living facility in Los Angeles that Lohan was said to have checked into earlier this week.
(Editing by Jill Serjeant)
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