You know how Lindsay Lohan is made of crack-teflon? Like, legally speaking. She’s been charged with so many crimes and if she was an African-American man, she would have already hit Three Strikes. It’s not just “white privilege” or even “the LA judicial system bending over for Hollywood”. There’s something else at work – and that something is Lindsay Lohan’s long-time attorney Shawn Holley. Shawn has kept Lindsay out of so many scrapes, Shawn has kept her out of jail so many times, and Shawn has outright lied for Lindsay so many times, I thought their crack-partnership would last forever. But according to TMZ’s sources (Dina), Lindsay just fired Shawn. WTF?
Lindsay Lohan has made one of the worst decisions of her life … firing Shawn Holley — the lawyer who has kept her out of jail multiple times — and hired a New York lawyer, who was suspended from practicing law for 5 years back in 1994 … sources tell TMZ.
Lohan is facing criminal prosecution in both California and New York. Attorney Mark Heller is repping Lindsay in the NYC assault case. Shawn Holley was repping LiLo in L.A. in her multiple criminal cases — most recently the car crash where she allegedly lied to cops.
It’s a stunning development — given that Holley has taken heat for being too effective, keeping Lindsay out of the pokey in the jewelry heist case as well as several probation violation cases. And she’s almost magically made some criminal investigations disappear.
Sources connected with the L.A. prosecution of Lindsay tell TMZ … Heller — who according to the New York Times has been called a “menace to the public” by some lawyers — sent a letter to Holley saying he was now repping her on all criminal matters.
Bad timing on Lindsay’s part, because sources tell us … Holley was literally on her way to the courthouse when Heller sent his letter — she was trying to negotiate yet another sweet settlement for Lindsay in the lying-to-cops case.
Calls to Holley were not returned.
I have several working theories – Bedhead helped!
Theory #1: TMZ might have gotten it partially wrong – Lindsay is keeping Shawn for her LA legal issues, and LL hired a NY lawyer for her NY legal issues. The Cracken just seems like the kind of mess who needs lawyers on both coasts, right?
Theory #2: TMZ is dead-on and Lindsay really is this stupid, and Shawn just got played by a dumb crackhead.
Theory #3: Shawn was looking for a way out of their crack-partnership and this story is just Lindsay’s “spin” on a bad situation. Keep in mind – Lindsay still owes tens – if not hundreds – of thousands of dollars in legal fees to Shawn. And all of Lindsay’s accounts have been frozen and Shawn is not getting paid. Maybe she’s cutting her losses, you know?
Confession time… I wrote all of that ^^ last night, and this morning there’s a slew of new info. Let’s do some highlights!
*Lindsay claims “she never authorized her New York lawyer to fire Shawn Holley and never instructed him to send her a letter of termination”. Except for the fact that her NY lawyer made her sign the termination letter. In Lindsay’s defense, she was probably high as a mofo when she did that. So Lindsay is telling everybody that she loves Shawn and she wants Shawn to come back onto her legal team, Shawn is her second mother (ha), etc.
*Before she was fired, Shawn Holley was trying to work out a plea deal for Lindsay in which LL would have avoided jail time by agreeing to “lockdown rehab” for six months. Shawn was literally on her way to meet with the prosecutor and the judge to work out the deal, but Shawn never made it because… you know, crackie. There’s a court appearance (in LA) today.
*Radar says that I was right about one thing – LL owes Shawn more than $300,000 in legal fees. Good luck with that, Shawn. LL apparently hasn’t made any payments in six months. Crack disaster! Oh, and LL’s nnew lawyer isn’t charging her any fees (or it’s a reduced fee) because of the publicity.
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