LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lindsay Lohan was freed from a suburban Los Angeles jail late Friday night, well short of the nearly monthlong stay a judge had intended for the actress following a failed drug test.

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Lohan was released at about 11:40 p.m. after posting $300,000 bail, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said early Saturday.

Celebrity website TMZ.com reported her release just before midnight.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden Fox had ordered Lohan held without bail during a brief hearing Friday morning, But his ruling later was overturned after the “Mean Girls” star’s attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, filed a late-afternoon appeal seeking bail.

Judge Patricia Schnegg, who is an assistant supervising judge of LA’s criminal courts, issued a ruling shortly before 6 p.m., saying that since the starlet had been convicted of misdemeanors, she was entitled to bail.

The actress is not entirely free. She will be required to wear an ankle alcohol monitor and stay away from establishments that primarily sell alcohol.

She is also due back in court on Oct. 22, when the judge who curtly sent her to jail will decide what her punishment will be for failing a drug test roughly two weeks after he released her early from rehab.

At that hearing, Fox will formally determine whether Lohan, 24, violated her probation by failing a court-mandated drug test. The positive result came after the judge released Lohan early from inpatient rehab at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Fox did not say why he had ordered no bail for the actress Friday morning, or state what drug appeared in her system during the recent test.

Friday marked the third time Lohan has been sent to jail in a three-year-old drug and drunken driving case. She spent 84 minutes at the jail in 2007 and 14 days of a three-month sentence earlier this summer.

After news of her positive drug test broke last week, Lohan seemed to acknowledge an addiction problem on her Twitter feed.

“Substance abuse is a disease, which unfortunately doesn’t go away over night,” Lohan posted on Twitter on Sept. 17. “This is certainly a setback for me but I am taking responsibility for my actions and I’m prepared to face the consequences.”

Fox had laid out a strict 67-day course of counseling, substance abuse meetings, monitoring and drug testing for Lohan in August. He asked probation officials on Friday to report how the actress had progressed on the treatment programs before Lohan’s next court hearing.

The judge has said Lohan would be sent to jail for 30 days for each drug screening she skipped or failed and appeared to make good on the promise with his no bail order.

If he sentences her to jail in October, the amount of time he orders her to serve would be whittled down because of jail overcrowding and various credits.

Despite her release Friday, Lohan’s continued court troubles have cast a pall over her career. She has been slated to star as Linda Lovelace in a biopic about the porn star, but the production schedule already was altered when Lohan was sent to jail in July.

In an e-mail sent before Lohan was granted bail, Matthew Wilder, the writer-director of the film titled “Inferno,” said the film’s producers “want her to do well.” He did not address whether Lohan’s role would be recast or the film further delayed.

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Comments (7)
  1. ginny25 says:

    Enoughis enough, stop reporting on this woman and let her kills herself with drugs and alcohol at this point. Norhing is going to help her at this point. And she seems ot be doing more then snubbing her nose at the courts.

  2. Rise above says:

    This is so sad. Like many other celebrities, we are all witnessing a promising young lady self-destruct.
    A lot of you guys are complaining about sentences, jail, etc. That stuff doesn’t atter. We should all wangt the best for each other.
    Lindsay, I truly hope you can turn around and get healthy. You have worked so hard for what you have.
    Rise above it.
    And, the rest of our loved ones who might also be addicted . . . FIGHT! Get your life back! Life is wirth much more than drugs and alcohol. Join it.


    First she shows the world that she’s a crybaby to do the time for her crime.Then she gets released early on favortism from jail and then from rehab (God Bless America) then she picks up some hardcore dope and sticks it up her nose or sucks it through a glass d88k and then her sweet dont giveaf88k a88 is back to crying again.
    And this is what Americans define as a ‘Star’. Psych !
    The true star is Christ.
    But wisdom is justified of all her children.Luke 7:35

  4. Buck says:

    Who cares. If this is your type news to present us.aybe u need a new job. Stop reporting this celeb bs

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