Judge lifts Lohan probation
Los Angeles - A Los Angeles judge on Thursday lifted formal probation for Lindsay Lohan, and told her to grow up and stop nightclubbing as she was released from the official supervision over her life since 2007.
Lohan, 25, who has made multiple trips to jail and rehab in the past four years, got good marks from Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner for completing months of community service at a Los Angeles morgue and court-ordered psychotherapy sessions.
"She has done everything that this court has asked of her," Sautner said. "Probation terminates today [Thursday]. Now."
A smiling Lohan, dressed conservatively in a powder blue pants suit, let out a sigh of relief and hugged her attorney.
Although the Mean Girls actress will remain on informal probation until 2014 for a 2011 jewellery theft, she will not have to report regularly to court and will no longer be compelled to live in Los Angeles, as long as she stays out of trouble.
Sautner sent Lohan on her way with a word of warning. "I know it is kind of hard when people are following you all over the place, but that is the life you chose. You need to live your life in a more mature way. Stop the nightclubbing and focus on your work."
"I don't expect to see you again," Sautner added. "Goodbye and good luck."
Lohan's once promising movie career was derailed by years of hard partying and personal turmoil after her 2007 arrest for drunk driving and cocaine possession.
But the former Parent Trap child star is now on the comeback trail with an upcoming guest part in TV musical Glee and a TV movie role as screen legend Elizabeth Taylor.
On Thursday she thanked Sautner for helping her turn her life around. "I just want to say thank you, your honour, for being fair. It has really opened a lot of doors for me."
Lohan left the Los Angeles courthouse without speaking to hordes of reporters and TV crews.