Lindsay Lohan may have already violated her probation. In fact, it likely occurred while she was still in her fifth stint in rehab. According to the Palm Desert Police Department, Lohan committed battery against a Betty Ford employee in a December 12 dispute. The police say they plan to hand the case over to local prosecutors for review. Battery is an intentional touching of another in an offensive manner without consent. Both assault and battery are charges that can carry criminal and civil consequences.
The alleged Lindsay Lohan battery occurred after Lohan pushed Betty Ford Center staff member Dawn Holland, who had been called to perform an alcohol breath test on the actress, Reuters reports. Holland initially complained to police and wanted to press charges but later changed her mind. However, regardless of Holland's desires, the prosecution still has the authority to press charges.
"The investigation determined Ms. Lohan violated several aspects of her probation, including the battery [charge]," the Palm Desert Police Department said in a press release Monday, adding that they plan to notify Lohan's probation officer.
Lohan was already warned before going to rehab that if she violated probation, in even the slightest way, she would be sent back to jail. She was originally punished for a number of charges including two DUI's and cocaine possession.
But we've been down this road before. Lohan has been told a number of times that she is on thin ice and that one more misstep means that she will be back in jail. Yet somehow, she manages to get another chance each and every time. The Lindsay Lohan battery could be the last straw, perhaps.
But is it really? Will she manage to stay out of jail yet again? If history is any indication, absolutely.