Lindsay Lohan was arrested this morning and charged with third-degree assault after a fight at a nightclub in the Chelsea section of New York City, police said.
The 26-year-old actress was arrested on the misdemeanor charge after she allegedly struck a woman at Club Avenue on 10th Avenue and 17th street at around 4 a.m. this morning. She was taken to New York’s 10th precinct and received a desk appearance ticket, police told ABCNews.com. She was seen leaving the courtroom just after 7:30 a.m.
Lohan allegedly assaulted the woman during a dispute that escalated. The actress, a regular at the club, was banned from the establishment earlier this year following an incident in which she Tweeted that Justin Timberlake was seeing another woman at the club when he was dating Jessica Biel, WABC reported.
Thursday’s arrest follows Lohan’s previous arrest in September outside a nearby nightclub inside the Dream Hotel, when a pedestrian claimed the starlet hit him with her car and did not stop. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute that case.
In late September Lohan was also involved in a hotel-room quarrel that began over a set of cell phone photos allegedly taken by a part time Congressional aide. After Lohan claimed the aide, Christian LaBella, had assaulted her, he was arrested, but the misdemeanor charges against him were later dropped.
On Sunday Lohan’s Lifetime film “Liz & Dick,” in which she portrays Elizabeth Taylor, premiered, and was watched by 3.5 million viewers, receiving scathing reviews. The film was positioned as the actress’ comeback following years of trouble with the law.
While living in Los Angeles, the actress was incarcerated six times, but spent less than a total of two weeks behind bars. Last year she also spent 35 days under house arrest after pleading no contest to stealing a $2,500 necklace.
In March, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner took Lohan off probation from a 2007 DUI case. Over the past five years, the actress has been in and out of rehab five times as she has battled drug and alcohol problems.