Lindsay Lohan 'assault suspect' released

 

A 25-year-old man held for assault after actress Lindsay Lohan claimed he grabbed her in a New York hotel room in an argument over mobile phone images was freed hours later and his arrest expunged when the charge could not be substantiated, police said.

Instead, Christian LaBella of California, and Mean Girls star Lohan, 26, were filing harassment complaints with police against each other after they were interviewed about their run-in, law enforcement officials said.

Later Lohan's publicist Steve Honig expressed outrage that police did not charge Mr LaBella.

"We think it's both distressing and outrageous," he said. "Lindsey was assaulted and there needs to be a consequence for that."

Mr LaBella could not be reached for comment.

Mr LaBella was taken into custody about 6am yesterday after an emergency services call came from the plush W Hotel in Manhattan's Union Square where Lohan apparently activated the fire alarm, the law enforcement officials said.

Former congressional aide Mr LaBella was arrested on a misdemeanour assault charge but released later. The charge could not be substantiated so the arrest would be voided, the officials said.

The paperwork was being completed on cross-harassment complaints, which are considered a violation, and no other legal action would be taken, the officials said.

Lohan and Mr LaBella met hours earlier at a nightclub, though it was unclear whether they previously knew each other, the officials said.

They went back to her room, when she noticed the mobile phone photos of her on his phone and grabbed the device, the officials said.

She claimed Mr LaBella grabbed her and threw her, but later he said she had forcefully taken his phone, the officials said. Lohan was injured but not taken to hospital, Mr Honig said.

"Lindsay has spoken with police and is fully co-operating with the investigation," he said after Mr LaBella's arrest.

This is Lohan's second run-in with law enforcement in as many weeks in New York City. She was accused last week of clipping a pedestrian with her car outside a nightclub and driving away. She was given a ticket and was due to appear in court on October 23. Mr Honig has said he expects those allegations to be proven false.

The troubled actress was also involved in a car accident in California this summer that sent her and an assistant to a hospital, but did not result in serious injuries for anyone. The accident remains under investigation.

In May, she was cleared of allegations that she struck a Hollywood nightclub manager with her car.

Lohan remains on informal probation for taking a necklace from a jewellery shop without permission last year. That means she does not have to check in with a judge or probation officer but could face a jail term if arrested again.

Lohan recently filmed The Canyons, an indie film written by Less Than Zero and American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis.

Steve Tomaszewski, a spokesman for Illinois politician John Shimkus, confirmed last night that Mr LaBella had worked for the congressman in his Washington office.

Mr Tomaszewski said no-one from the Republican's office had been contacted by Mr LaBella.

Suggested Topics
PROMOTED VIDEO
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Chief Executive

£28, 700: Whiskey Whiskey Tango: Property Management Company is seeking a brig...

COO / Chief Operating Officer

£80 - 100k + Bonus: Guru Careers: A COO / Chief Operating Officer is needed to...

HR Manager - Kent - £45,000

£40000 - £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: HR Manager / Training Manager (L&D /...

HR Manager - Edgware, London - £45,000

£40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Manager - Edgware, Lon...

Day In a Page

Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?
Why do we like making lists?

Notes to self: Why do we like making lists?

Well it was good enough for Ancient Egyptians and Picasso...
Hong Kong protests: A good time to open a new restaurant?

A good time to open a new restaurant in Hong Kong?

As pro-democracy demonstrators hold firm, chef Rowley Leigh, who's in the city to open a new restaurant, says you couldn't hope to meet a nicer bunch
Paris Fashion Week: Karl Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'

Paris Fashion Week

Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'
Bruce Chatwin's Wales: One of the finest one-day walks in Britain

Simon Calder discovers Bruce Chatwin's Wales

One of the finest one-day walks you could hope for - in Britain
10 best children's nightwear

10 best children's nightwear

Make sure the kids stay cosy on cooler autumn nights in this selection of pjs, onesies and nighties
Manchester City vs Roma: Five things we learnt from City’s draw at the Etihad

Manchester City vs Roma

Five things we learnt from City’s Champions League draw at the Etihad
Martin Hardy: Mike Ashley must act now and end the Alan Pardew reign

Trouble on the Tyne

Ashley must act now and end Pardew's reign at Newcastle, says Martin Hardy
Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?