LOS ANGELES (AP) — Few stars have become more closely associated with Los Angeles' court system than Lindsay Lohan, whose first arrest in May 2007 sparked a nearly eight-year court saga that finally ended Thursday.
Lohan's career was already in trouble when she was arrested twice for driving under the influence in 2007, but the charges and two ensuing court cases cost the once-promising actress roles, time and prestige. Her frequent court arrivals replaced red carpet appearances, and her mandatory stints in rehab, morgue duty and house arrest left little time for acting work.
Early in her career, Lohan was the star of Disney films that earned more than $240 million at the box office. Her roles have considerably diminished since her first arrest, with bit parts and several projects that were never broadly released.
No figures exist for how much the heavily covered court cases cost taxpayers, but a look at the numbers behind the cases give some sense of the cost in public resources and the toll they exacted on Lohan's career.
Criminal cases filed: 3
Court hearings convened: 54
Hearings Lohan attended: 20
Judges handling cases: 10
Times Lohan sent to jail: 5
Times confetti or glitter thrown at Lohan on way into court: 2
Feature films released before Lohan's first arrest: 9
Box office earnings of Lohan films before her first arrest: $426 million
Feature films released after Lohan's first arrest: 6 (2 of which played in fewer than 12 theaters)
Box office of Lohan post-arrest films: $66 million
Sources: Rentrak, Los Angeles Superior Court records, AP archives