Actress Lindsay Lohan was arrested outside a popular Chelsea nightclub early Thursday and charged with misdemeanor assault after striking a female patron in the face, New York City police said.
The NYPD said Lohan, 26, was arrested outside Avenue, a 10th Avenue hot spot located between West 17th and West 18th streets in Manhattan, by 10th Precinct officers at 4 a.m.
According to an NYPD spokeswoman, the 26-year-old actress got into a fight with the woman at Club Avenue in downtown Manhattan and allegedly punched her in the face.
Police characterized the injuries inflicted by Lohan in the alleged incident as “minor.”
The woman LiLo allegedly punched is a tourist visiting from West Palm Beach, Fla., and was at the club with her husband, according to a source who also claims that Lohan had been banned from the club previously.
Lohan was subsequently released from custody shortly before 8 a.m., covering herself with a black jacket as she left the precinct. The “Mean Girls” star whose most recent starring role as Elizabeth Taylor in the TV movie “Liz & Dick” was labeled a flop after being seen by only 3.5 million viewers earlier on Sunday, was charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, police said. Police said Lohan was issued a desk appearance ticket.
The incident is the latest in a long string of highly publicized run-ins with the law for Lohan, who in October was involved in a heated “verbal dispute” with her mother, Dina, outside the family home in Merrick. Police at that time confirmed officers responded to a 911 call, placed just after 8 a.m., reporting a domestic incident on Old Mill Road. However, they said an investigation determined there was no criminality involved.
Two entertainment websites, TMZ and RadarOnline, reported Dina Lohan scratched her daughter’s leg and reported LiLo’s bracelet was broken in the scuffle, which occurred after the two left a Manhattan club in a limousine.
In an audio recording TMZ had of a phone conversation between Lindsay Lohan and her father Michael Lohan while she was in the limousine, the actress said her mother grew angry after LiLo demanded the return of $40,000 she had given her mother to save her home from foreclosure.
Michael Lohan released a statement saying he recorded the conversation after making the 911 call saying: “I did call the police at Lindsay’s request. Lindsay even asked that I record the conversation because she was being held against her will by the limo driver at Dina’s instruction.”
Hours after the Oct. 10 incident, Lohan and her mother were seen hugging outside the front door of the home.
One day later, the actress said she lied when she said her mother was on cocaine and left a “gash” on her leg during the incident. She told TMZ that, in the heat of the argument, she made up falsehoods about her mother in the phone call to her dad. “Mom does not do cocaine,” Lohan told TMZ Live on Oct. 11. “That’s a fact. She’s an amazing woman.”
In September, LiLo and a California man filed harassment claims against each other with the NYPD. Those complaints stemmed from an early morning altercation at a posh Manhattan hotel.
After hearing news of his daughter’s arrest, Lindsay’s estranged dad, Michael Lohan, vented his frustration about LiLo’s latest police run-in.
“She is in a dark place,” he told E! News. “It’s in God’s hands, and I hope he deals with her appropriately.”
He also took his ex-wife, Dina Lohan, to task for their daughter’s downward spiral.
“I was trying to get Dina on board with me for a long time but especially the last two weeks,” he added. “If she had, this wouldn’t have happened. Lindsay is acting out in numerous ways because she needs us, and internally she’s hurt and angry. Again, it’s all on Dina, and I wish to God she would stop and resolve things with us to do the same for our children.”
Earlier in the morning he also took to Twitter to offer general parenting advice in the wake of LiLo’s bust-up.
“This is for ALL parents who go or went thru the same! Please don’t make the mistakes!” he wrote.