Lindsay Lohan’s lawyer drama is getting ridiculous & unnecessarily complicated

As we discussed yesterday, Lindsay Lohan did not even make it to court for her arraignment. Just hours before her scheduled arraignment, Lindsay tried to fire her long-time lawyer Shawn Holley, and Shawn actually went to court yesterday to enter Lindsay’s plea of “not guilty” into the court record. Shawn is still Lindsay’s lawyer of record as far as this current LA case is concerned – this is the case about Lindsay lying to the police while she was not-so-allegedly drunk driving down the Pacific Coast Highway and she plowed into a tractor trailer. What’s funny (in a sad way) is that TMZ is totally trying to make this into a situation where THIS (firing Shawn) is the stupidest thing LL has ever done. Really? This?

Lindsay Lohan should kiss Shawn Holley’s butt … because Shawn just saved hers by claiming to rep her even though Lindsay unceremoniously fired Shawn.

As we told you … Lindsay signed a termination letter Monday which her new lawyer Mark Heller sent to Shawn. But Heller — a New York lawyer — is not licensed to practice in California and did not appear in court today for Lindsay’s arraignment. If Shawn told the judge she was fired and formally asked to be relieved, the judge could have and probably would have issued a bench warrant for Lindsay’s arrest.

Shawn dodged the issue in open court by saying she still reps LiLo for now, which is technically true until she is formally dismissed by the judge. A confused judge then clearly called Shawn and the prosecutor up to the bench and asked WTF.

Here’s where it gets totally ridiculous. Sources tell us Lindsay told Shawn yesterday that she was going to have Heller send Shawn another letter cancelling the first, but we’re told that never happened. And sources connected with Heller tell TMZ … Mr. Heller was busy Monday placing calls to Shawn, the prosecutor and the court to make it clear he’s the lawyer.

Since it’s not clear who is representing Lindsay anymore, the judge ordered her to personally appear on January 30, even though ordinarily the matter could be handled without her being present.

In the meantime … if Lindsay asked Shawn to come back (and this would be the second time because Lindsay pulled this stunt on her before), Holley should run for the hills.

[From TMZ]

I’m more confused now than I was before I read that. So… this NY lawyer, Mark Heller, is all “Imma gonna email the judge and get this thing straightened out” and nothing happens. Classic crackie – she can’t even follow through on a horrible cracked-out legal scheme.

Also: Radar reports that not only does Lindsay owe Shawn more than $300,000 (a figure that seems much to low, I think), Lindsay also owes $40,000 to her former assistant too. A source says: “Lindsay owes one of her former assistant’s, Jessica, over $40k in unpaid wages. Lindsay actually also borrowed money from the assistant for her own living expenses… Jessica no longer works for Lindsay, and she recognizes that she is probably never going to see the money. Lindsay has a very long history of not paying people for services/work done for her.” Yep. Pretty much. Serious question: how in the world do people continue to work for Lohan in any capacity? She will NOT pay you. If you try to help her, it will end up costing you money.

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  1. Riana says:

    Meh, everyone involved knew what they were getting into and deserve everything they get.

    I particularly favor any suffering Shawn gets because she’s assisting a criminal in escaping justice and continue to harm the general public.

    • bluhare says:

      Everyone deserves an attorney, even Lindsay. Shawn Holley deserves no punishment for doing her job.

    • Trek Girl says:

      Yes, let’s punish the lawyer for doing her job. That’s the ticket, Riana, that’s the ticket.

      Lindsay’s not the greatest person alive, I know, but she’s not the worst person to set foot in a court room. She needs a lawyer, Shawn did her job very well — there’s nothing wrong with that. Besides, lawyers can’t just stop representing clients.

      • Polk8dot says:

        I wonder…
        If Lindsey gets in a car, drunk out of her mind, and God forbid, hurts YOU or YOUR FAMILY member, causing possibly permanent disability, or even death…

        Are you then STILL going to think that it was so f-ing awesome of Shawn to do such an f-ing fantastic legal job, by getting this nightmare bit@h out of trouble and unleasing her on you and/or your family?

      • Trek Girl says:

        @Polk8dot: Would I think it was awesome that she did such an awesome job? Probably not. Would I hold it against Shawn Holley? Probably not. If I did end up feeling like justice wasn’t served, there are other courses I could take to try to get it. Being mad at the lawyer wouldn’t do much; she is just a cog in the wheel.

        If Shawn didn’t do anything illegal or especially underhanded when representing Lindsay then it wouldn’t be her that I would have have the problem with — the court system and the laws, yes, but not really Shawn Holley. I might be angry, but I would hopefully not be angry/irrational enough to blame the lawyer for doing their job.

  2. Quinn says:

    I am amazed at her ability to make her skin and hair the EXACT same nasty color…possibly her only talent, presently. WELL DONE, Linds! There..I said something nice! :)

  3. bea says:

    This has become tedious….I’m sure she’s sick of it too. Just go ahead and hit rock bottom already so we can watch you struggle your way thru Dancing with the Stars.

  4. Amy says:

    At this point, I’m starting to think that reading about her is the mental equivalent of kicking a pile of ashes.

  5. Amelia says:

    Why is Shawn going through with this? If it were me I’d have gone “Later bitch!” months ago.
    But I suppose if Shawn gets her off then she’ll forever be known as a magic lawyer. Or a first class blackmailer, one or the other.

  6. Sisi says:

    yeah, but Linnocent has so many cases going on, there are proably about 10 where Shawn is the lawyer on paper already… does this mean she cannot ever escape the tentacle weave of the Cracken? seems almost like a life sentence

  7. Maggie says:

    Leave LiLo alone!!! She is saint!!! It’s all your fault people, world, space, God and gummi bears.

  8. Joanna says:

    how does she manage to always look so cheap?

  9. Nina W says:

    So much for the theory that this was some sort of legal tactic, sounds like LiLo is being her usual genius self and screwing up the situation unnecessarily.

  10. ramona says:

    Is she pantsless in that photo?

  11. Cecada says:

    “ridiculous and unnecessarily complicated” is LL standard way of operating in ALL things, court-related and otherwise.

  12. Faye says:

    And yet, Lohan remains at large and not in jail, presumably partying it up, while everybody else runs around trying to figure out what’s going on. So maybe she is a genius!

  13. teehee says:

    Its her way of “losing her passport” again. Make a mess of everythign else and divert attention. Place fault and holes and errors in her counterparts and environment, and that will ensure that she somehow can fall thru a crack(en). What a transparent mess.
    In addition to her avoiding arrests and lying and dodging her obligations to cooperate, can’t she be charged with unnecessarily complicating and costing the legal system and for trying to deliberately sabotage the system?

  14. Mia 4S says:

    I know she can’t speak due to privilege but my GOD I would love to know what Shawn really thinks.

    Also I cannot believe how sad it is that Lilo was referring to her criminal lawyer as her “second mother” (like she has a first!). It’s not an easily dismissed statement because I’ve known girls with “second Moms” and a guy whose academic advisor was “like a father to him”. It can be a godsend in a tough situation. But when your criminal lawyer becomes family because she’s around so much? That’s about as far down as you can go!

  15. Isan says:

    The fact that she parades around in another fur coat still pisses me off, but I guess I should expect no less from someone like her.

  16. JenD says:

    Kaiser, you put this article in the categories of legal issues and Lindsay Lohan. Aren’t they interchangeable at this point? LL is just a hot mess of legal issues.

  17. Little Darling says:

    The ginge cockroach! Just waiting for the right foot, toxic chemical or broom to sweep this one away…

    “Muddy” is her coloring. Blech.

    She will forever be around, surviving blast after blast. Ugh.

  18. Skipper says:

    I’ll work for Lindsay for a week for free. I won’t loan her money – although I’m sure she can be very manipulative and convincing so I don’t know for sure. I just want the experience of following a fabulous movie star around!

  19. Beatrice Sparkplug says:

    Wow, that last photo of her blowing the kiss is almost Norma Desmond tragic.

  20. Cathy says:

    Shawn should just run for the hills as fast as she can. Get away from all this cracken drama, and write the $300,000 of as a loss. Get away from the crackenmonster while she can.

  21. Incredulous says:

    I think she’s trying to make her life more convoluted than a Hideo Kojima game. She does seem to be succeeding.

  22. Ruby Red Lips says:

    I don’t even know what to say anymore – I mean if this all wasn’t so blo0dy tragic then I’d be laughing my arse off

    How the h3ll did she end up like this?! (Rhetorical question!!)

  23. Annie says:

    The assistant needs to SUE! Do you know everything that entails to work for Lindsay? Girl, don’t just throw your hands in the air and say whatever. Get your money! It’s 40k!

    If something might scare Lindsay, is owing too much money. IRS, Shawn, assistants (you know it’s more than one) and let’s not forget the bails from all the arrests.

  24. Mayday says:

    I’ve always kinda thought Shawn has a bit of a soft spot for Lindsay. She’s obviously a professional, intelligent woman (she’s regarded as one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Los Angeles).

    I’m sure she knows the ins and outs of Lindsay’s life and upbringing better than anyone, including what pieces of shit her parents are, and I bet Shawn is one of the only strong, positive role models Lindsay has had in her life in, well, probably EVER.

    That being said, everyone has their breaking point and maybe it’s time Shawn cuts the cord, so to speak.

  25. janie says:

    Lindsay will never be held accountable for 1 thing. Shawn is the biggest enabler of LL. She could have stopped this, but did not. I’m sick of it all. Let’s send her to England permanently!!

  26. dorothy says:

    My question is: Why does she need an assistant. To carry her home drunk? To hold her head while she throws up?

  27. Sandra says:

    Ugh, what a tit.

    The sensible, reasonable and adult thing to do would be to take her lumps and move on from this whole sordid chapter with a clean slate. Instead she and her counsel unnecessarily muddle the situation and employ blatantly lame and transparent delay tactics. It’s a classic, albeit silly, move that will buy her a bit more time to run around like a loser without facing the consequences of her idiot, criminal behaviour.

    I mean, little wonder the girl’s life is in such disarray – could you imagine having all that legal crap hanging over your head? It’s stressful and exhausting, and that’s if things are going well. Now imagine you’re dealing with all that, PLUS you’re a wretched attention whore leaping through hoops of your own making to obfuscate the situation.

    Like I said, what a tit. I need a nap just thinking about it.

  28. JL says:

    Shawn needs to ditch Lilo now. If she doesn’t I’m considering it a “golden rope” event and Shawn just hung herself and deserves all that she gets. It will then be timne to LMFAO!

    • gg says:

      I know it’s fun to poke at Shawn and I am as frustrated as the next when I see how LL’s escaped justice yet again, but honestly, Shawn, like all lawyers, has taken an oath to defend, defend, defend, and she’s just doing her job. That’s why she is staying. Criminal lawyers are so used to crazy people they take them all in stride. It’s their business to defend nutjobs until a judge gives them formal permission to step down. Any lawyer with business scruples will not abandon their crazy client for a myriad of reasons.

  29. jojo says:

    i wouldnt put it pass the lawyers to concoct this drama to get LL off again.

    The whole ‘fire a lawyer, needs new counsel’ and then delay delay delay, throw LL in rehab for a couple of days and viola, 2-week probation, $250 fine and a new lifetime movie deal…

  30. Beatrice Sparkplug says:

    There’s a picture of her up on CDAN today — tied to a story that ‘confirms’ her hooking — where she looks like a cross between a used condom and a shriveled old hag. Wow, just wow. It gives a whole new meaning to wearing your soul (or lack thereof) on your sleeve.

  31. Syko says:

    There are no words to express my hatred for the “blowing kisses” pose she favors.

  32. Axis2ClusterB says:

    She sold what was left of her soul to a crossroads demon. It’s the only explanation left that makes sense.

  33. Summer says:

    I want the pink fur coat photos back.

  34. the original bellaluna says:

    Cracken is just SO…crackie. A MESS, straight-up MESS.

    I wouldn’t put it past her to try this “fire and hire” sh!t, just to delay the inevitable. She MUST KNOW that her “new counsel” isn’t licensed to practise in CA, and will therefore be unable to represent her in our fair state.

    So, what’s her motive? Is it to delay the (supposed – it IS LA, after all) inevitable? Or just f*ck with the system? Or is her brain so booze-soaked and drug-addled that she really doesn’t have a clue?

  35. Elceibeno says:

    At this point I have 0 (zero, nada, zilch) sympathy for Lindsey. I have no sympathy for anybody who works for or on behalf of Lindsey. She spends her money on drugs, booze, hotels etc. She does not pay her bills or her staff. Why in hell do they keep working for her WHY?

  36. Jayna says:

    Her lips are disgusting. My husband told me if we ever get divorced he will never ever ever date a woman with lips blown up ala fish lips. That’s his priority after watching the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with me the other night. He said it gives him nightmares looking at the women with such unnatural faces. LOL He once saw the RHO Orange County and won’t soon forget them. He said they were even worse, like their faces couldn’t move.

  37. Evil Overlord says:

    I really used to like Lilo but her antics have spun totally out of control these last years and no one (Team Lilo, lawyers or the legal system) seems to have the intestinal fortitude to say “Enough is ENOUGH!” She has gone from an attractive young woman to looking old, used and dirty. I never used to, but now I kinda feel sorry for her that nobody cares and that she gets paid to be a coked up Escort.

  38. Noinin says:

    Wow she looks really old and unhealthy. I think Shawn is a good lawyer in her way – even if she has been criticized for keeping LiLo out of jail, she feels genuine concern for her (ie: failed intervention she approved; showing up to court even if she was fired). As for Lindsay… I don’t know how a Britney Spears-like conservatorship works, but wouldn’t it be possible for her? Because her behavior is errating, her choices absolutely nonsensical, she is a drug addict, an alcoholic, and probably sells her body to rich men… I don’t think prison would help her. She needs someone in her life that takes no shit, and that will protect her like Jamie Spears does.

  39. Zwella Ingrid says:

    I know this has been said before, but what a sad, unbelievable change in Lilo over a short amount of time. I just saw her picture in an old magazine of mine, from back in the Harry Morton days. She looked so fresh and so cute back then. It seemed like their breakup ushered in the hard core partying. I feel sad because of the wasted potential, and the sadness I would feel for anyone who turns their life into crap from addiction. Needless destruction.

  40. Bobby the K says:

    How does she get any work whatsoever?

  41. Cecada says:

    Oompa – Loompas shouldn’t have to go to jail or they get the sads real bads

    Seriously please WTF is up with her coloring? Is her liver failing or something?

  42. Lou says:

    How much would a lawyer like Holley cost to hire? I’m trying to figure out how much Lohan has spent on her over the years!