Judge bans parties while Lindsay Lohan on house arrest

Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:41pm EDT
 
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Lindsay Lohan failed an alcohol test while under house arrest in Los Angeles, a judge ruled on Thursday, but she did not violate her probation and will face no punishment.

But Los Angeles Superior Court judge Stephanie Sautner banned an emotional Lohan from holding parties as she nears the end of an expected 35 days of home confinement for stealing a necklace.

Lohan, 24, who is serving time at home for the January theft, had been summoned to court on Thursday for a hearing on whether she violated her probation in a 2007 case by failing an alcohol test last week.

Celebrity website TMZ said the "Mean Girls" actress threw a noisy barbecue party for friends at her house last week.

Media reports had speculated that Lohan, who has been in and out of jail and rehab for much of the past four years, could be immediately sent back behind bars.

But Sautner said that a court order in Lohan's 2007 drunk driving and cocaine possession case stipulated that the actress no longer had to undergo tests for drugs or alcohol.

Lohan was sentenced in May to four months jail and 480 hours of community service after pleading no contest to jewelry theft. She was given a shorter term of house arrest because of jail overcrowding and because she is a nonviolent offender.

Sautner told Lohan that for the rest of her house arrest, due to end on June 29, she could not have more than one friend or relative over to her home in the California beach resort of Venice.   Continued...