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Lindsay Lohan Sued Over Alleged Fur Coat Theft May 20, 2008

Filed under: Celebrities Busted — gervmaine @ 8:57 am

Lindsay Lohan Sued Over Alleged Fur Coat Theft  | Lindsay Lohan

The fur is still flying in the case of Lindsay Lohan and the missing mink coat: Now the actress has been slapped with a lawsuit accusing her of taking the fur without permission.

Masha Markova, 22, claims that the Mean Girls star took her $12,000 golden sheared mink coat when they were both at the New York City nightclub 1Oak in January, the Associated Press reports, citing papers filed in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court.

Markova, a New York college student, says she was flipping through a magazine and found a photo of Lohan wearing her coat. “It was my coat. It was no doubt,” she told the New York Post.

The coat reportedly was returned to her by the club in February.

There was no immediate comment from Lohan’s reps on the lawsuit.


Lindsay Lohan Accused of More Thievery May 9, 2008

Filed under: Celebrities Busted — gervmaine @ 1:17 pm

Lindsay Lohan’s enemies are coming out of hiding in the wake of her fur-coat controversy – and now a model is rehashing her claims that Lohan stole her clothing as well.

The same week a Columbia University student insisted Lohan swiped her $11,000 blond mink coat in New York City earlier this year, model Lauren Hastings says on the Web site that Lindsay lifted thousands of dollars worth of items from her closet, Inside Edition reports.

“Basically, I have two closets, a lot of the stuff was missing out of one and the next closet was almost completely empty,” Hastings says on a video featured on the buzznet site, claiming her things disappeared during an unauthorized late-night party tossed by her housesitter.

Citing five witnesses, Hastings, 23, also alleges, “They all said they saw Lindsay Lohan basically in my closet, handing a bag of clothes to her bodyguard.”

In an email to PEOPLE, Lohan’s rep responds: “This is all not true. It’s not what it seems.”

Police reportedly searched for the missing items, but they were not recovered. According to documents that Inside Edition obtained from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, Hastings did report the theft of clothing, but the DA’s office pressed no charges against Lohan, due to insufficient evidence.

Said Hastings: “I contacted Lindsay and said, ‘Look, I know you stole my clothes.’ She then said I was completely delusional, I was pathetic.”


Fur Shame! Is Lindsay Lohan a Coat Thief? May 6, 2008

Filed under: Celebrities Busted — gervmaine @ 4:14 pm
Lohan, in once-missing mink Photo by: Jackson Lee / Splash News
Fur Shame! Is Lindsay Lohan a Coat Thief? | Lindsay Lohan
Did Lindsay Lohan swipe a stranger’s mink coat for three weeks – then wear it on the town?

According to a New York Post report, Masha Markova, 22, is suggesting just that – saying it all started when she attended a private party at New York nightspot 1Oak along with Lohan.

Markova, a student at Columbia University, put down her $11,000 blond mink coat with other partygoers’ jackets at the Jan. 26 bash – and thought it was gone for good after she couldn’t find it at the end of the night.

But Markova tells the Post she was flipping through a February magazine when she saw Lohan sporting the distinctive coat. “It was my coat. It was no doubt,” she said.

So, Markova’s lawyer, Merrill Cohen, called Lohan’s attorney, Blair Berk, and threatened legal action. Hours later, 1Oak phoned.

Said Markova: “They were very discreet, never mentioned a name or even the word ‘coat.’ They just said, ‘We’re going to bring you something.'”

Two days later, the coat, smelling of cigarettes and booze, arrived at her apartment with a tear in the lining. And while Markova is pleased with the return of her mink – which she subsequently dry-cleaned and patched up – she wants Lohan to apologize – and pay at least $10,000 in a “rental” fee.

“I don’t see how it could have been an accident,” Markova told the Post.

Lohan’s rep did not return phone calls.


Lindsay Lohan Mug Shot Used in Ad Against Ignition Interlocks May 3, 2008

Lindsay Lohan mug shot used in liquor industry ad

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Lindsay Lohan is not exactly toasting her latest public appearance.

A mug shot of the 21-year-old actress, who has been in and out of rehab after two arrests last year on drunken driving and cocaine charges, was prominently featured Friday in an advertisement attacking legislation for devices that measure a driver’s blood alcohol level before their vehicle can start.

The full-page black-and-white ad appeared in USA Today on Friday and was paid for by the American Beverage Institute, a trade group that supports the interests of the alcohol industry. The ad reads “Ignition interlocks are a good idea for” above Lohan’s mug shot from her July 24, 2007, arrest and “But a bad idea for us” above smaller photos of people drinking.

“The reason that we used Lindsay Lohan is because she’s had multiple DUIs that have been high profile,” American Beverage Institute managing director Sarah Longwell told The Associated Press. “We needed to create the distinction for the public what someone with multiple DUIs looked like versus a low blood-alcohol-level first-time offender.”

Lawmakers in several states have passed bills that would require drunken driving offenders to pay for and install an ignition interlock system. Under many such laws, the interlock requirement extends to first-time offenders driving while “highly intoxicated” — or with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 percent or higher.

The ad suggested that ignition interlocks were fine for “hard-core” drunk drivers, but suggested they would bring an end to champagne toasts at weddings, wine at dinner and ballgame beers.

“USA Today is idiotic to run such an irresponsible advertisement suggesting that drinking and driving is some kind of American ‘tradition’ we should protect,” Lohan’s lawyer, Blair Berk, said in a statement. “Not identifying that this ad was paid for by the liquor and restaurant industries is profoundly reckless.

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  • “Drunk, white businessmen, drunk housewives out for girls night out and drunk wedding parties should be kept off the roads of America,” Berk continued. “Lindsay Lohan fully endorses ignition interlock devices, which have been well-proven to save lives.”

    The American Beverage Institute stood by its use of Lohan’s image.

    “People magazine, Smoking Gun and a lot of people have republished this mug shot,” said Longwell. “It was publicly accessible. We’re not using it for any kind of commercial gain. So we’re well within our rights to use it.”

    Reached for comment about Berk’s statement, USA Today spokesman Ed Cassidy issued the following statement: “Advocacy advertising is a big part of what we do. Our pages function as forum for competing views.”