Lindsay Lohan’s publicist says the furor over the actress’ Wednesday morning hit-and-run is “much ado about nothing” and the charge against her “will be cleared up in the coming weeks.”
“While some of the facts are still being gathered, it appears that this is much ado about nothing,” Steve Honig said in an email to ABC News. “We are confident this matter will be cleared up in the coming weeks and the claims being made against Lindsay will be proven untrue.”
Lohan was arrested early Wednesday after a “low speed crash” in which she allegedly struck 34-year-old restaurant cook Jose Rodriguez with her Porsche, according to WABC. Cops said the actress was parking a 2010 Porsche Cayenne at 1 a.m. in an alley crowded with people outside the Dream Hotel when she allegedly hit Rodriguez. Rodriguez was taken to Bellevue Hospital for a knee injury.
He later told the New York Daily News that Lohan said “You have to get out of the way” after the alleged incident and “was slurring” her speech.
“She was slurring,” he told the paper. “She smelled like alcohol.”
He added, “I didn’t know who she was until people told me. I don’t know why she couldn’t just do the right thing.”
Afterwards, Lohan entered a club adjacent to the Dream Hotel, where police arrested her at 2:30 a.m. She was charged for leaving the scene of an accident, a misdemeanor.
Lohan was taken to New York’s 10th Precinct and released pending a later court date. Despite Rodriguez’s claims, police said there is no suspicion that any alcohol was involved in the incident.
Two men who were in the vehicle with her at the time were not charged. The Porsche Lohan was driving is not registered to her, according to cops.
The problem-prone star is on informal probation for her 2011 necklace theft case until May 2014. Her only requirement, a judge said at a May court hearing, is to obey all laws. The judge added that if Lohan broke any laws, she could face a jail sentence of up to 245 days.