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6/14/2007 8:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lindsay Lohan is being sued by a man who claims she was drunk when she crashed her Mercedes into his van after leaving the famous Ivy restaurant in West Hollywood in 2005. He is suing both Lohan and The Ivy.

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In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court and obtained by TMZ, Raymundo Ortega claims Lohan, who was 19 at the time, was dining at The Ivy ... "where she consumed alcohol and became intoxicated" minutes before the wreck. The suit alleges that "The Ivy's conduct of serving alcoholic beverages to Lohan was a factor in causing the injuries to Ortega."

Ortega claims that on the day of the accident, Lohan was "driving recklessly" at 60 MPH to avoid having her picture taken by paparazzi and "looking over her shoulder instead of watching the road." As a result, Ortega is suing both The Ivy and Lohan for damages in excess of $200,000.

In the suit, Ortega accuses Lohan of having a history of "racing and speeding with Mercedes Benz high performance car and as a result received several speeding tickets and has been in several accidents."

Reps for Lohan were not immediately available for comment.


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so uh, your point?

2685 days ago


She probably was... but she is exempt from having the DUI test becuase she is Lindsay

2685 days ago


driving drunk is no big deal.

2685 days ago


She probably was drunk, remember she is in rehab right now! The problem did not come over night. I just do not think it is fair that she is only being charged with DUI and not for the cocaine in her vehicle as well as running from the scene of an accident! If it were someone of color, poor, or a nobody the cops would have thrown the book at them!

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I really can't stand Lindsay but why is he waiting two years to say something? Must be out for a buck, of course.

2685 days ago


No kidding?

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I strongly dissagree that Paris is getting the shaft! She was charged with not one but three counts of violation of probation and then she was late for court! I think she got off easy because she is rich and famous! A poor plain Jane would have got prison time plus extra days for the contempt of court charge for being late for court. Paris Hilton's Grandfather paid off Sheriff Baca therefore Paris has and continues to recieve special treatment. Her family should have to wait in line just like everyone else to visit her.

What happened to Justice being equal under the law? If you are black or latino the Sheriffs Dept. treats you completely different than the rich, white, celebrities in Los Angeles. Lindsay Lohan was driving drunk, had cocaine in her car, and ran from the scene of an accident. Yet she was not dragged to jail immediately like the Latino woman in this story that I will paste below. Linsday was not only allowed treatment at the hospital for her concussion but was also allowed to check into rehab.

Paris Hilton, a rich, white, celebrity is recieving treatment in the medical unit for dry skin, panic attacks, and depression, instead of serving her time in a regular cell like a common person would have to.

Then you have Pamela Richardson which is an African American veteran who served time in the same jail as Paris who was refused medical treatment on more than one occassion during her stay in jail. They even took away her prostesis and made her crawl to the toilet in her cell like an animal. She did not even have access to a shower for several days. She even had to go without her blood pressure and cancer medications because the jail would not give them to her. Her illnesses were far more serious than Paris' but she did not recieve the special treatment that Paris has and continues to recieve. For more information about Pamela Richardsons' pending lawsuit against the Sheriffs' Dept. check out the court documents posted at

A Latino woman dies while in custody after being arrested by the LA County Sheriffs Dept meanwhile Paris Hilton still recieving special treatment while in Jail!

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- A woman who lay bleeding on the emergency room floor of a troubled inner-city hospital died after 911 dispatchers refused to contact paramedics or an ambulance to take her to another facility, newly released tapes of the emergency calls reveal.

Edith Isabel Rodriguez, 43, died of a perforated bowel on May 9 at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital. Her death was ruled accidental by the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Relatives said Rodriguez was bleeding from the mouth and writhing in pain for 45 minutes while she was at a hospital waiting area. Experts have said she could have survived had she been treated early enough.

County and state authorities are now investigating Rodriguez's death. Relatives reported she died as police were wheeling her out of the hospital after the officers they had asked to help Rodriguez arrested her instead on a parole violation. Sheriff's Department spokesman Duane Allen said Wednesday that the investigation is ongoing.

In the recordings of two 911 calls that day, first obtained by the Los Angeles Times under a California Public Records Act request, callers pleaded for help for Rodriguez but were referred to hospital staff instead.

"I'm in the emergency room. My wife is dying and the nurses don't want to help her out," Rodriguez's boyfriend, Jose Prado, is heard saying in Spanish through an interpreter on the tapes.

"What's wrong with her?" a female dispatcher asked.

"She's vomiting blood," Prado said.

"OK, and why aren't they helping her?" the dispatcher asked.

"They're watching her there and they're not doing anything. They're just watching her," Prado said.

The dispatcher told Prado to contact a doctor and then said paramedics wouldn't pick her up because she was already in a hospital. She later told him to contact county police officers at a security desk.

A second 911 call was placed eight minutes later by a bystander who requested that an ambulance be sent to take Rodriguez to another hospital for care.

"She's definitely sick and there's a guy that's ignoring her," the woman told a male dispatcher.

During the call, the dispatcher argued with the woman over whether there really was an emergency.

"I cannot do anything for you for the quality of the hospital. ... It is not an emergency. It is not an emergency ma'am," he said.

"You're not here to see how they're treating her," the woman replied.

The dispatcher refused to call paramedics and told the woman that she should contact hospital supervisors "and let them know" if she is unhappy.

"May God strike you too for acting the way you just acted," the woman said finally.

"No, negative ma'am, you

2685 days ago

frank joe bob    

i can't believe this imigrant wants to sue a 19 yearold.

2685 days ago


Can we just start a DEATH POOL already!!!
Which of these young CoCo puffs is gonna die or kill someone first?
My money is on Lindsey $$$
Oh wait......Brandy already killed someone while driving distracted, so she's out.

2685 days ago


Just another fortune hunter.

2685 days ago

Oh good one you are so tied-down and so miserable    

What's fair is fair till she learns her lessons

2685 days ago

Oh good one you are so tied-down and so miserable    

It can happen

2685 days ago


I am not excusing Lindsey but what about the guy who made the illegal u-turn in front of her?
This is all about who can you get the most money out of.

2685 days ago

Oh good one you are so tied-down and so miserable    

Andrea what are you up to

Maybe TMZ should create a site for that wrongful death

2685 days ago


Yep, the guy might be slimy and piling on, but remember, if LL weren't doing these things, she wouldn't be responsible now. Consequences don't have a statute of limitations. The Toxic Trio have enough money and clout to sidestep responsibility for now but not forever.

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