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Lindsay Lohan -- Suspect in Criminal Battery Case

12/21/2010 2:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Lindsay Lohan is a suspect in a criminal battery investigation and the alleged victim -- a staff member at Betty Ford -- wants Lindsay prosecuted ... this according to law enforcement sources.

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The Palm Desert Police Department is now investigating an altercation that occurred after Lindsay and her roommates reportedly went to a bar and came back home.  Upon arriving at the house, the incident with a female staffer from Betty Ford allegedly went down.

The police received a call at 1:03 AM on December 12 for "hand-to-hand battery."

Cops came to Betty Ford after receiving the call and interviewed both the staffer and Lindsay.  We're told the staffer "desired prosecution."

We're told when the police finish the investigation, the case will be forwarded to prosecutors for review.

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61.

sammi    

It will be caught on video and if it is as Lilo says the staffer could be charged for putting her hands on Lilo first. If there was a problem with this staffer in the first place you would think Lilo would have asked to have her replaced? Hope for the best for Lilo.

1301 days ago
62.

opinion123    

Do you think it's time for Betty Ford Clinic to be investigated for their practices? Who ever heard of a rehab clinic allowing patients to go to bars? Don't rehabs generally encourge not to go to bars, clubs etc? Shame on the judge for allowing her to go to Betty Ford - playground for the rich & famous where mere attendance seems to give them immunity and forgiveness yet not much is done medically & psycologically try to imropove them. Toss her butt in jail and throw away the key. Send her parents (term used loosely here) to therapy - they are idiots.

1301 days ago
63.

ernie    

Amen, opinion123 -- Amen.

Betty Ford should be investigated. They let their patients (?) do just about anything other than drink and do drugs in their rooms.

The methods they use are backwards.... only allowing 30 days for actual treatment ... all the while they patients (?) can smoke. Nice treatment. What treatment? It is more like "give me your money... there's your bed ... attend some groups ... maybe a one-on-one every so often and then into a sober house.
That will be $50,000. Thank you. Hope your all healed up. Goodbye.

Scam.

1301 days ago
64.

Ginger    

Everything was peaceful with this kid until Betty Ford started letting her go here and there - taking breaks. She is far from recovered. She has learned nothing. I suspect Mama Lohan is part of this - but Lindsay is old enough now to get it right. She still sees herself as a victim. I hope she does have to go back to jail for a while - nothing else is working. Maybe a few more weeks locked up will get through to her.

1301 days ago
65.

Mike    

Hmmm ... I wonder if they ended up making Lindsay take the drug/alcohol test anyway after this fight between Lindsay and the Betty Ford person.

Did she fail the drug test if she did take it?

The "TMZ: Lindsay Lohan division" needs to get on the ball and find out. Inquiring minds want to know.

1301 days ago
66.

SuzyCreamCheese    

Betty Ford should just have her skanky ass thrown back in Jail.
This Tard and her whole Tard family just want to make double sure that no one ever hires her or has anything to do with her ever again! What a huge bunch of white trash waste of skin!

1301 days ago
67.

wow    

They're two sides to every story. This woman is a staffer but that doesn't make her right. I've seen it happen between staff and clients all the time. Perhaps it's a good opportunity for a money grab. Everybody wants a payday.

1301 days ago
68.

Broeheem    

Nice try, MIDNIGHT TOKER, but Betty Ford isn't in L.A. County. No foul for trying to incite, though.... most of us crave entertainment at Lindsay's expense... whatever the cost! Quack.

1301 days ago
69.

Kris    

It is such a shame that our justice system has all those pesky little rules regarding proof and evidence before condeming someone. No way do the police show up in California answering a call of violent assault and not take someone to jail. There must have been nothing that led them to believe anything significant happened. Let it goooooo kids. Let it go. Its Christmas week in the islands. I think I'm heading out for a drink!

1301 days ago
70.

lou    

Shoot, I DO believe this family could out-Springer Jerry Springer!

1301 days ago
71.

lou    

I'm waiting for the denial train called Dina to hop on board here in one of her "disguises" and blab on about how this is fabricated by (gasp!) Michael. Or else how it's not a big deal and everyone is fine. Or that the person prosecuting is only out for Lohan money (ha! as if there IS such a thing anymore.) So which of the three shall we be graced with today, Dina?

1301 days ago
72.

...    

Why if a human being want to take drugs and have fun in life everyone have to stop him ? .. I am sure that if someone would take the thing that you enjoy from the most you will get angry .
just let everyone do whatever they want as long as they don't hurt other people . . . This place is so stupid

1301 days ago
73.

C    

I would love her to get herself in further trouble, but this woman is also probably an opportunist as well. When you work around drunks and addicts, that is inferred that you're putting yourself at some risk in dealing with them. They are often hostile.

1301 days ago
74.

ernie    

Number one .... you don't go out to bars while in rehab... especially when you are on probation and set to the rehab by the courts.

Two - Betty Ford should not considered someone is "better" after only 30 days. They set her up to fall... by allowing her to live off campus and given passes, etc.

Three - you never come back to a rehab after a pass late. Never.

Four - when you are in the wrong .. as in being late .. as in being at a bar ... you humble down ... take your licks no matter how they come at you ... and sulk back to you room hoping you will not get thrown out .. and in LL's case ... back in front of the judge.

Five - should have gone to faith-based rehab back in 2007

Six - three years of recovery under your belt how you done that ... and been acting, recording, travelling, basking in the sun at the beach, driving, visiting family in NY, modeling, making money instead of spending it on bailbondsmen, court fees, attorney fees, rehabs, etc.

Seven ... need I continue?

1301 days ago
75.

Mike    

I'm thinking that Lindsay probably needs do a month long course of "anger management" classes while she's at Betty Ford. I'm sure they have those kinds of classes there. Lindsay needs to learn how to "be cool" and deal with her intense emotions and all that.

Being all hostile toward people isn't a very attractive attribute. Life is full of LOTS of very unpleasant people. There's no shortage of a-hole guys and bitchy women out there. You gotta learn the best strategies for dealing with them. Practice those strategies until it's second nature. Maybe they can teach Lindsay what assertiveness is compared to being aggressive and being passive and so forth.

1301 days ago
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