Lindsay Lohan slapped with $1 million assault lawsuit

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 21, 2011 1:25 PM
Lindsay Lohan slapped with $1 million assault lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lindsay Lohan was sued on Thursday for $1 million for an alleged assault on an employee of the California rehab center where the actress spent three months in treatment for drug and alcohol abuse.

Dawn Bradley claimed in a civil lawsuit, which was posted on celebrity news website, that Lohan yelled at her, threw a phone, grabbed her wrist and twisted it when asked to submit to a breathalyzer test in December at the Betty Ford Center near Palm Springs.

Bradley claimed she suffered "significant injury" to her wrist as well as "post-traumatic stress syndrome requiring several therapy sessions."

Bradley, who no longer works at the clinic, is seeking damages of $1 million as well as medical expenses.

Prosecutors in Riverside County decided earlier this year not to file criminal charges against Lohan over Bradley's allegations, citing insufficient evidence. Bradley had told investigators she did not want charges filed.

Lohan, 24, spent three months at the Betty Ford Center last year after failing a random drug test. The actress has been in and out of rehab and jail multiple times for violating her probation in a 2007 drunk driving and cocaine possession case.

The "Mean Girls" actress, who served 35 days house arrest in Los Angeles earlier this summer for stealing a gold necklace, was due back in court on Thursday for a probation hearing.

Her once promising Hollywood career has been sidelined by drug and alcohol problems but she is due to start filming a movie about New York crime boss John Gotti in the fall with co-stars John Travolta and Al Pacino.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)