Lindsay Lohan was officially charged Wednesday with felony grand theft of a $2,500 necklace from a Venice Beach jewelry store. The ‘Mean Girls’ star arrived in court for her arraignment in a skin-tightwhite dress and sunglasses alongside her lawyer, Shawn Chapman.
She’s expected to plead not guilty.
Prosecutors want Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz to set bail at $20,000. If convicted, she could be sent to a California state prison with a maximum sentence of three years behind bars.
The actress, who remains on probation in a 2007 drunken driving case, is accused of taking a necklace from the store on Jan. 22, roughly three weeks after the actress was released from three months of court-ordered rehab at the Betty Ford Center.
A police report was filed the day of the incident, and authorities reportedly waited until she was photographed wearing the necklace until deciding to pursue charges. A friend of the actress turned the necklace in to the Pacific Division of the LAPD on Feb. 2.
Lohan’s lawyer, Champan, has denied the charges and the actress apparently claimed that the necklace was loaned to her — and that, unbeknownst to LiLo, her stylist simply forgot to return it in time. Last week, Michael Lohan made a statement to PopEater, saying that the entire accusation is a “ridiculous” misunderstanding.
She’s currently on supervised probation for a past drunk driving conviction, and the judge overseeing her case told her in October that she would be sent to jail for 180 days if she violated her probation rules before her next court appearance, which is set for Feb. 25.