Lindsay Lohan pleads not guilty to necklace theft
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Lindsay Lohan pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to stealing a $2,500 necklace from a Los Angeles jewelry store, but was warned not to "push her luck" with any further slip-ups.
Dressed all in white for a brief court appearance, Lohan, 24, was charged with a single count of felony grand theft. If convicted, the "Mean Girls" star could be sent to prison for up to three years, prosecutors say.
Lohan is accused of walking out of a Los Angeles jewelry store without paying for a gold designer necklace in January -- just three weeks after ending her fifth stint in drug and alcohol rehab in three years.
Lohan lawyer entered the not guilty plea for the actress in front of a packed courtroom and cameras televising the hearing.
Friends have said Lohan believed the necklace, which has been returned to police, was on loan.
Lohan, who was dressed in a long-sleeved white dress and sat calmly during the hearing, later posted bail of $20,000 and left the courthouse by a side door, media reports said.
Wednesday's felony grand theft charge was the most serious allegation yet against the actress in more than three years of failed drug tests, brief spells in jail and missed court appearances.
"You are no different than anyone else, so please don't push your luck," judge Keith Schwartz told Lohan, saying the felony charge carried more severe punishment than her previous offenses. Continued...