LiLo Ordered to Answer Questions About 2007 Arrest

Lohan to sit for two-hour deposition next month

Thursday, Jun 24, 2010  |  Updated 3:59 PM PDT
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Actress Lindsay Lohan appears in the Beverly Hills Courthouse for a probation status hearing on May 24, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.

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LiLo is headed back to court, again.

A Los Angeles judge Thursday ordered troubled actress Lindsay Lohan to answer more questions about a 2007 car chase that landed her in jail, including inquiries about drug use at the time, The Associated Press reported.

Lohan's answers will be used in a civil lawsuit filed against the actress by a woman who claims she suffered emotional distress after the incident, which prompted a criminal case that still haunts the "Mean Girls" star.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard A. Stone ordered the 23-year-old starlet to sit for a two-hour deposition next month. The judge approved a request by Lohan's attorney to allow the questioning to happen after July 6, when a criminal judge will decide whether Lohan violated her probation by missing a court hearing in May.

Tracie Rice, who was a passenger in a car being chased by Lohan in July 2007, sued the actress for assault, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress a month later. The case is scheduled to go to trial in late July.

Lohan was charged with seven misdemeanors stemming from her arrest after the chase and another incident a few months earlier.
Rice's attorney, Paul Hoffman, argued Thursday that Lohan hadn't answered key questions about her drug use and whether she was remorseful, both of which could help his case.

"This case is about somebody who claims to be sober and had cocaine and blew a DUI for alcohol," Hoffman said. He said the questions would be crucial to a jury deciding whether Lohan should have to pay punitive damages if she is found liable.

Lohan's attorney, Ed McPherson, said the questions seemed aimed more at embarrassing Lohan in the press and could harm her if used at the probation hearing. He said Lohan sat for a daylong deposition during which she was subjected to numerous lines of questioning, including whether she had seen a recent "60 Minutes" episode featuring Al Pacino.

"It's clear they don't need answers to these questions," McPherson argued. He also said Lohan was busy focusing on the fulfilling the conditions of her criminal case and working.

"My client is undergoing weekly drug testing, alcohol classes and trying to film a movie," McPherson said. Stone said he would order a second deposition, but that attorneys should contact him if any issues arose rather than returning to court.

McPherson said after the hearing that his client would comply with the order and answer the questions about Lohan's past drug use. "I think it's a bit of overkill in this case," he said. 

Lohan remains free on $200,000 bail – an amount the judge in her criminal case raised June 8 after her SCRAM bracelet went off at an MTV afterparty.

Last week, Lohan’s lawyer said a urine test taken following the incident proved that she was not drinking at the time, according to E! Online.

Lohan reportedly faces up to six months behind bars if a judge decides she’s violated the terms of her probation.
 

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