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Actress Lindsay Lohan Wants Restraining Order Against Paparazzi

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By Laura Strachan, Esq. on December 01, 2010 8:49 AM

Celebrities and paparazzi define a love-hate relationship. Rising stars get famous when their picture is plastered all over the latest magazines, but once a certain level of notoriety is reached, the celebrity will do anything to avoid the camera. Always one to provide us with some much-needed legal fodder, actress Lindsay Lohan epitomizes this tumultuous relationship.

The fresh out of rehab starlet is seeking a restraining order against the paparazzi after being denied driving privileges, according to gossip website TMZ. The actress was given a green light to get back behind the wheel by the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Los Angeles County Probation Department, but Betty Ford put the brakes on the privilege.

Specifically, the rehabilitation clinic determined that, "it was too much of a safety risk to put Lindsay behind the wheel, because the paparazzi were creating an unsafe driving situation." Lindsay is hoping that a restraining order will get her on the road again. On the road to where exactly is an entirely separate inquiry.

But is it really possible to file a blanket restraining order against paparazzi? TMZ adds that La Lohan wrote her attorney asking for just that, and also attached photographs of the paparazzi following her as proof of the problem. The purpose of a restraining order is to prohibit a defendant from performing a threatening act and they are usually found in domestic violence and harassment-type cases.

The potential problem here is that the paparazzi are trying to do their job when photographing Lohan driving, in which case the retraining order can serve to interfere with their ability to make money. Either way, the Lindsay Lohan restraining order has not been filed yet and she will need evidence that the interference amounts to a certain level of harassment to warrant the issuance of a restraining order.

The fact that Lindsay can't spell out exactly who she wants restrained is certainly problematic for the diva actress.

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