Cash-strapped Lohan hit with $1 million lawsuit

Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:59pm EDT
 
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lindsay Lohan on Thursday added financial woes to four years of legal problems when she was slapped with a $1 million assault lawsuit and a court heard she was having problems paying for private counseling.

Lohan, 25, whose Hollywood career has been derailed since 2007 by drug and alcohol problems and repeated trips to jail, was ordered to undergo psychological counseling earlier this year as part of her sentence for stealing a gold necklace in January.

But her lawyer told a court hearing on Thursday that the "Mean Girls" actress had not yet enrolled in therapy because finding low-cost, individual treatment was proving a challenge.

"I find it hard to believe that she can't afford counseling," responded Melanie Chavira, the prosecutor at the Los Angeles City Attorney's office who is overseeing Lohan's case.

Judge Stephanie Sautner replied that she did not wish to speculate on Lohan's finances, but added:

"She needs to get into counseling. I am going to give her 21 days (to enroll).

"I don't know whether she is working or what she is doing to get an income...If she doesn't have the means, maybe she knows someone who can help out."

Lohan's lawyer Shawn Holley said Lohan indicated that finding financial aid would not be necessary.   Continued...