Lindsay Lohan Accused of Assaulting Rehab Worker

Star just weeks from completing stint at Betty Ford Center; Papa Lohan hits back at accuser

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    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 11: Actress Lindsay Lohan attends the "Muscle Milk Light" Women's Fitness Retreat on June 11, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

    Lindsay Lohan is under investigation for allegedly assaulting a worker at the Betty Ford Center, where the troubled star is just days away from finishing a court-ordered rehab stint.

    Cops in Palm Desert, Calif., were called to the facility about 1 a.m. on Dec. 12 to investigate claims by a female worker that she was assaulted by Lohan, according to People magazine.

    "The victim desired prosecution," Sgt. Joe Borja of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department told the mag. "The incident is being investigated as a misdemeanor."

    Lohan denies pushing the woman first, according to a People source.

    The employee, chemical technician Dawn Holland, had admonished the 24-year-old "Mean Girls" actress for returning past curfew after spending the evening at a local bar, according to TMZ.

    Holland told the gossip site Tuesday she was now out on workers' comp because Lohan had pulled a phone from her hand as she was calling 911, spraining it.

    Holland added that she could smell alcohol on Lindsay's breath during the alleged confrontation and the actress refused a Breathalyzer test.

    In a twist, RadarOnline reported Tuesday that Holland acknowledged to them that TMZ had paid her at least  $10,000 for her interview and photos of her injuries.

    Sgt. Borja told People no arrest was made because the incident didn't occur in front of an officer.

    Lohan's lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, said in a statement to the AP late Tuesday that Lohan was the one who called 911. The actress would wait for cops to complete their investigation before commenting further, she said. 

    But Lohan's father, Michael, wasted no time Tuesday in hitting back at any suggestion his daughter may have been in the wrong.

    "She had it in for Lindsay the whole time," he said in an interview with E! News, referring to the Betty Ford employee.

    "As soon as Lindsay walked in the door the woman grabbed Lindsay by the arm, and not the other two girls [she was with], and said, 'You are going to take a urine test,'" Lohan said. "Lindsay just brushed her off. That is what she told me: ‘Dad, I just brushed her off.' "

    Lindsay Lohan has been at the Rancho Mirage facility since Sept. 28. She was sent there by a Beverly Hills judge after she violated probation for a DUI and tested positive for alcohol. She is scheduled to remain at the Ford Center until at least Jan. 3.

    Lohan, who also starred in "The Parent Trap" and "Freaky Friday," was first busted May 26, 2007, when she drove a Mercedes-Benz into a hedge along Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.Two months later, she was arrested again in Santa Monica on suspicion of DUI and possession of cocaine.

    She agreed to plead no contest and was sentenced to a day in jail and three years' probation. That term was extended by a year for not completing alcohol-education classes on schedule.

    In July, she missing a required probation hearing before Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel, saying her passport was stolen while she was at the Cannes Film Festival, and the judge sentenced her to 90 days in jail. She spent 13 days behind bars before being released again. As part of her sentence, she was ordered to spend 90 days in an inpatient addiction treatment program.

    Selected Reading: People, TMZ, IMDB, E!