Lindsay Lohan pleads not guilty over lying allegations
Lindsay Lohan is seen at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington in this April 2012 file photo. / Getty
Lindsay Lohan pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a misdemeanor case over allegations she lied to police about a June traffic accident.
The 26-year-old actress didn't attend the arraignment court hearing, but attorney Shawn Holley entered the plea on her behalf, according to the site. Earlier, TMZ reported that Lohan had fired Holley and instead tapped attorney Mark Heller for representation.
According to TMZ, when the judge asked Holley about Lohan's lawyer situation, Holley said she's representing Lohan "at this point," adding, "The representation issue will be nailed down."
Lohan is expected to appear at a pretrial date scheduled for Jan. 30. A Feb. 27 trial date is set for the misdemeanor counts.
She is charged with lying to police, reckless driving and obstructing police from performing their duties.
Lohan told police that she wasn't driving during the traffic accident, but police suspect she was behind the wheel. The wreck sent her to the hospital briefly. The actress was on probation at the time for a 2011 necklace theft case and could be sentenced to 245 days in jail if a judge determines her conduct violated her probation. Her probation was revoked last month but she had yet to enter a plea on the new charges.
Lindsay Lohan in trouble with the law
Lohan's publicist and longtime attorney Shawn Holley did not return messages Monday about the hearing.
The accident was not the only problem she encountered while shooting "Liz and Dick," a film based on the love affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. A week after the accident, paramedics were summoned to Lohan's hotel room when she was late to a shoot. Her publicist at the time attributed her absence to fatigue and dehydration.
The film was expected to be a comeback opportunity for Lohan, who spent the past several years struggling with criminal court cases. Her performance, however, was panned by critics and fans.
She also was arrested in New York after an alleged fight with a woman, but a criminal complaint hasn't been drawn up. The district attorney's office there said last week that its inquiry was ongoing.
On Sunday, Lohan tweeted throughout the Golden Globes, writing: "Congrats!!!!!! #LenaDunham you're brilliant" and "Ben Affleck!! Yay! So smart and classic. He and Jen Garner remind me of @mikelohan and his wonderful girlfriend #ninaginsberg"
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