July 15, 2010 — -- Lindsay Lohan has reportedly checked into a Los Angeles rehab facility, the week before she is due to turn herself in to begin serving a 90-day jail sentence.
Following the news that Lohan hired Robert Shapiro, the famed lawyer from the O.J. Simpson case, reports say she has checked into the Pickford Lofts, an inpatient sober-living facility Shapiro opened after his son Brent died of a drug overdose.
Shapiro did not respond to requests for comment. But Lohan's father, Michael Lohan, confirmed the reports.
"For months, we have been begging Lindsay to enter rehab, for her own health, and to avoid incarceration," he said in a statement sent to ABCNews.com by his attorney Lisa Bloom. "We are pleased that at last she appears to have done so. As we have written in several letters to the Court, Lindsay belongs in rehab, not in jail."
"We hope that Lindsay gets off all prescription medication as well as any other substances that may be damaging her," the statement continued. "Michael Lohan is willing to attend any family therapy with Lindsay and other family members in an effort to help her fully heal. Michael loves his daughter unconditionally. He wants her to live. He stands ready, willing and able to help her in any way he can."
Michael Lohan has said he believes his daughter is addicted to presciption drugs. A recently-released probation report showed that Lohan was taking several medications, all with valid prescriptions: Dilaudid (a painkiller used for Lohan's dental discomfort, according to the document), Adderall (for attention deficit disorder ), Zoloft (for anxiety), Trazadone (for depression) and Nexium (for heartburn).
US Weekly was among the media outlets reporting that Lohan had checked into rehab.
Powers said the starlet checked into the Pickford Lofts Wednesday morning and has already been visited by her ex, Samantha Ronson, and her mother, Dina Lohan -- both of whom were videotaped by TMZ entering the facility. A camera also caught Lohan entering the facility earlier.
Powers described the accomodations as luxurious. Each patient has their own loft with a designer kitchen and flat-screen television.
According to Pickford's website, Shapiro started the facility to provide a "supportive environment for those in recovery."
Shapiro was a member, with the late Johnnie Cochran, of O.J. Simpson's "dream team" of lawyers. They successfully defended the Hall of Famer against charges that he murdered his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
According to TMZ, Shapiro will try to convince Judge Marsha Revel either to eliminate or minimize her 90-day jail sentence, followed by 90 days in rehab. Lohan is scheduled to turn herself in Tuesday to begin serving her sentence.
Shapiro started the "The Brent Shapiro Foundation" to raise drug awareness after his son died in 2005.
With his experience with rehab facilities, Shapiro will likely try to convince the court that Lohan needs rehab instead of jail.
Lohan has said she is not going to jail, and that the only mistake she made was hiring the wrong lawyer. Her previous attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, reportedly quit after Lohan vowed to appeal her sentence.
Danette Meyers, the prosecutor handling the case, told Radar Online that Lohan shouldn't even bother.
"It's a really a moot point to ask Judge Revel to send Ms. Lohan to rehab only as Judge Revel has already sentenced her," Meyers told the website.
"Ms. Lohan is going to jail," she said. "The only issue to be decided is what rehabilitation facility Ms. Lohan will be sent to after she serves her jail time."
Since her sentencing, Lohan has leaked a song about her troubled life and scrapped with comedian Joan Rivers.
Last week, the 77-year-old comedian mocked Lohan's knowledge of the legal system ("Lindsay Lohan said she wouldn't mind being under oath because she thought Oath was a Norwegian ski instructor") and joked about her hard-partying habits ("I was just reading about the new Lindsay Lohan diet, which is all liquid. 80 Proof").