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Lohan avoids jail, ordered back to rehab

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By Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Lindsay Lohan sidestepped another jail stint Friday when a California judge sent the 24-year-old troubled starlet back to rehab, telling her she was an addict and faced jail time if she relapsed again.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox ordered Lohan to remain at the Betty Ford Center until Jan. 3 and report back to court in late February.

"You are an addict, I hope you understand that," Fox told Lohan.

A prosecutor had advocated a six-month jail sentence for the "Mean Girls" star, but Fox opted for rehab after reviewing filings by probation and rehab officials and a letter written by Lohan.

The actress told probation officials last week that she didn't want to remain in rehab for longer than a month because "continued inpatient treatment would be a hardship financially, and damaging to her career," according to a report filed in advance of a hearing Friday.

Probation officials and Lohan's doctors recommended she remain at Betty Ford, and the judge agreed.

The actress cried after hearing the sentence.


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