Lindsay Lohan Sent Back to Rehab, Not Jail

VIDEO: A judge orders Lindsay Lohan to remain at the Betty Ford Center until Jan. 3.

Lindsay Lohan will remain in lockdown until next year, but not in jail.

At a probation violation hearing today stemming from a failed drug test, Beverly Hills Judge Elden Fox ordered that the 24-year-old actress remain in rehab at the Betty Ford Center until Jan. 3, 2011. She may elect to stay there longer. Fox also said that Lohan can take off her alcohol monitoring ankle bracelet, but must continue to take random drug and alcohol tests.

Lohan arrived at the Beverly Hills court house just after 8 a.m. PT today. She was dressed conservatively: black blazer, white t-shirt, hair pulled back. She has been at the Betty Ford Center since Sept. 28; she left the center at 4 a.m. today with her mother, Dina, who accompanied her to court along with lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley.

Lohan was markedly less worked up than she was at the court hearing that preceded her most recent jail stint, when she displayed fingernails with decals that read "FU." During today's hearing, Fox referenced a handwritten letter that Lohan wrote for him.

"I appreciated it," he said. "I'm new to this rodeo. I think there's nothing better for the media than a Hollywood celebrity in a train wreck. You are going to complete the program. I cannot emphasize enough that I will not be manipulated."

"You are an addict," he added. "You have to change the lifestyle."

After decreeing that Lohan remain in rehab until January, Fox asked Lohan, "Do you understand exactly what I'm saying?"

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"Yes, sir," she replied, her voice quivering. When Fox asked if she had anything else to say, she reponded, "No, your honor, I understand, thank you."

Though rehab is keeping her out of jail, a probation report obtained by states that being at Betty Ford is damaging Lohan's career and finances. The report claims that Lohan's 6126 clothing line "is falling apart because she is not available to monitor the product" and that rehab is preventing her from starting work on a movie in November.

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The often-loquacious actress has avoided big statements since checking into rehab. (Her Twitter account hasn't been updated since Sept. 26.) But that hasn't stopped celebrities -- and members of her own family -- from weighing in on her woes.

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On the red carpet of his AIDS Foundation fundraiser in New York earlier this week, Elton John told reporters that Lohan needs to swap "pampering" rehab centers for a no-holds-barred "boot camp" course of treatment. He also urged her to ask for help and "get rid of the people who are around you ... and by that I mean her family too, they're enablers."

Lohan's estranged father, Michael Lohan, is helping her do that -- kind of. Earlier this week, the born-again Christian and former addict released a statement saying that he will no longer be making statements about his daughter.

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