Published May 03, 2013
Lindsay Lohan's whereabouts were unknown Thursday hours after her attorney told a judge that the troubled actress had checked into a rehab facility only to later learn that the starlet apparently never checked in for treatment.
According to TMZ, the California rehab facility Lohan was headed to has no license to practice, and therefore definitely does not fit the parameters outlined by her plea deal.
The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday evening that a prosecutor said Lohan was apparently in violation of her probation after spending only a few minutes at Morningside Recovery in Newport Beach.
Santa Monica Chief Deputy City Attorney Terry White did not return phone and email messages about Lohan's case, but said after a court hearing earlier in the day that he was "completely blindsided" by Lohan's decision to check into Morningside. He had previously vetted and approved a different facility, he said.
"We did not approve this facility. We did not look into this facility. We know nothing about this facility," White told the judge in court on Thursday.
"My client is ensconced in the bosom of that facility right now," Heller argued after a prosecutor objected to Lohan's choice of rehab facilities. "She's in rehab right now. Nothing bad is going to happen."
The prosecutor reinforced his concerns with the rehab facility selected, telling the judge: "I have three newspaper articles condemning this particular facility from last year."
Judge James Dabney said during the morning hearing that based on a letter from Morningside, it appeared to meet the requirements of Lohan's sentence in the case filed after the actress crashed her car in June while on the way to a film shoot. Dabney agreed that Lohan should remain at Morningside.
But it seems Lohan has ditched the facility, and her lawyer too. According to TMZ, the actress has fired Heller and rehired her longtime lawyer Shawn Holley.
RadarOnline reported, as of late Thursday, Lohan had decided to check into the Betty Ford Center.
Hours after the hearing, Millicent Tidwell, acting deputy director of licensing and certification for the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs said Morningside is not licensed to perform residential in-patient rehab or addiction treatment and lacked the appropriate license to provide residential treatment or recovery programs.
The facility is certified to provide outpatient services and operates sober living houses, which do not require licenses, Tidwell said.
Lohan's sentence in a misdemeanor driving case requires her to serve 90 days in a lockdown rehab facility. Her choice of Morningside rankled White, who was given until May 10 to conduct his own investigation of the facility to make sure it complied with the terms of Lohan's sentence.
But wherever Lindsay decides to complete her rehab, the actress will surely be well dressed.
On Tuesday, she posted a photo on Instagram of herself amid suitcases and clothes.
"90 days and 270 looks," she wrote in the caption.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.