In fact ... she blew in 30 minutes before they rolled up the red carpet.
Her "SM5" and "Anger Management" co-star Charlie Sheen broke away from a few interviews to snap a few pics with the soon-to-be-in-rehab-but-not-until-after-she-goes-to-Coachella starlet.
Bet she won't be late when Phoenix takes the stage.
Lindsay acknowledges, she walked off with 2 bracelets, a necklace, sunglasses, a pair of shoes, gold earrings, a silk bathrobe, lingerie and tap shorts. She claims the wardrobe person was well aware she had the goods and claims the wardrobe lady specifically said it was A-OK and the cost would be deducted from her salary.
Lindsay's also telling friends, she's NOT going to return the stuff, because as far as she's concerned she paid for it.
Here's the problem. Sources from the show tell TMZ ... Lindsay walked off with the bracelets, the necklace, earrings and shoes BEFORE there was any discussion about leaving with the stuff. We're told the wardrobe person told producers she was not going to become a cop and block Lindsay from leaving the set with her stuff, so she told her the value of "all missing items" would be deducted from her paycheck.
In fact, we're told the wardrobe person actually tried to get Lindsay to write a check for the goods, but LiLo refused.
Lindsay Lohan allegedly stole jewelry and wardrobe items from the set of "Anger Management" ... this according to sources on the set.
We're told during filming ... Lindsay decided she was going out clubbing one night, and took a bracelet, a necklace, earrings, pants and shoes from the wardrobe department. Yes, the stuff never came back.
Sources say Lindsay told people on the show ... producers would just take the value of the items out of her salary, but we're told that ABSOLUTELY wasn't the deal.
And there's more ... Multiple sources on the set tell TMZ Lindsay was "the biggest prima donna ever on 'Anger Management.'" We're told she showed up 2 hours late the second day, refused to come out of her trailer for 2 hours, left early to go clubbing and threatened not to return.
Sources say the crew broke out in applause when she left, calling her a "nightmare."
Lindsay Lohan's criminal woes are a big joke to her ... on "Anger Management" ... as you can see from some of the footage we got.
It was shot Monday when Lindsay was on set for Charlie Sheen's show.
It kinda reminds us of Lindsay from her "Mean Girls" days ... so we gotta ask ...
We've said it all along ... Lindsay Lohan can't dodge jail forever ... and our prophecy came true yesterday during one of Lindsay's scenes on "Anger Management."
But just like real life, Lindsay -- who plays herself on the show -- didn't do the jail scene as a prisoner ... we're told her character was there to do community service, hence why she's not wearing an orange jumpsuit. (Beats the morgue.)
As we reported, Lindsay -- who also does a bed scene with Charlie Sheen -- was a dream to work with ... nailing all her lines and being super nice to everyone on set.
Lindsay even posed for a bunch of pics with other cast members, including Darius McCrary ... aka Eddie Winslow from the 90s show "Family Matters" ... who does play a prisoner.
When it comes to Lindsay's acting career ... there's no contest.
Lindsay Lohan had great, post-fake sex on the set of "Anger Management" Monday ... and in the process won over the entire cast and crew.
Sources on the set tell TMZ ... Lindsay's first scene featured her in bed with Charlie Sheen ... according to the script they had just had sex. We're told, "Lindsay knew her lines cold and her timing was perfect. She was really funny."
Lohan -- who showed up 45 minutes EARLY -- was "incredibly nice" and spent a fair amount of time taking pictures with the crew.
One source says Lindsay, who plays herself, "proved she has talent. You watch her and you know why she became a star."
Lindsay is back on the set tomorrow. One day at a time.
Sources connected to the show tell us Busch just signed the deal -- in the last 30 minutes -- to play himself in one episode of the FX comedy. He'll be seeking counseling ... we presume for road rage ... from Charlie's character.
Busch -- the most successful driver, in recent years, for Joe Gibbs Racing -- has more than earned his nickname ... "Wild Thing" with his antics on the track ... and off.
We're told Busch wanted to do the guest spot because he's a "giant Charlie Sheen fan" ... and loves the show.
TMZ NEWS ALERT: Lindsay Lohan is NOT late for work.
We repeat ... not late. Our spies on the set of "Anger Management" tell TMZ ... Lindsay showed up at 9:15 AM PT for her guest appearance on Charlie Sheen's new show.
Here's what's shocking. She was not only not late ... she was EARLY. Lindsay's call time was actually 10 AM.
What makes this especially surprising is that LiLo is coming off a party weekend -- she was clubbing in San Diego Friday night and we got her at another club in Santa Monica Saturday night.
Now all she has to do is act. What could go wrong?
Charlie Sheen may hate the producer of "Two and a Half Men," but he clearly loves the producer of his new show, because Charlie has jumped to his defense in a nasty lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed by a guy named Jason Shuman, who claims mega-producer Joe Roth double-crossed him by cutting him out of the profits for the show. Shuman says he's responsible for turning "Anger Management" into the TV version of the famous movie. He wants more than $50 million.
In a declaration filed by Charlie and obtained by TMZ ... the actor says he was involved in the "Anger Management" TV show from the get go, and at no time did he ever meet with, speak with or even hear of Jason Shuman.
Charlie also gives us a peek into the way the show got developed. He says he jumped at the suggestion that "Anger Management" be made into a TV show, because "there had been a lot of publicity over the preceding few months as to whether I might have my own 'anger management' issues."
Charlie goes on in his declaration ... "The irony of my portraying an anger management therapist (as opposed to an anger management patient) appealed to me."
And, he says, "I also thought that my recent association with anger management situations would appeal to a television audience."
Charlie Sheen's 2nd ex-wife Denise Richards got an interesting early XMAS gift -- twins ... but they're not hers ... they're Brooke Mueller's.
Sources close to Charlie and his exes tell TMZ ... Brooke asked Denise to care for Bob and Max while she tries rehab for the 19th time, and Denise happily obliged.
As for why Charlie isn't caring for the 3-year-olds ... we're told he doesn't have the time because he's shooting "Anger Management."
Our sources tell us ... Denise will care for Bob and Max for "an indefinite period of time."
It's pretty interesting ... not only is Brooke confident the kids will be well cared for, but Charlie is also happy Denise is taking care of his entire brood.
And get this ... we've learned this isn't the first time Bob and Max have stayed with Denise. The last time Brooke went to rehab, the kids stayed with D.R..
Who needs "Modern Family."
Damage control on Angus T. Jones' vitriolic outburst against "Two and a Half Men" was a walk in the park ... at least in comparison to Charlie Sheen's epic meltdown last year -- so says CBS honcho Les Moonves.
Moonves sat down with the Wallstreet Journal to discuss Angus' infamous YouTube video -- in which the 19-year-old calls "Two and a Half Men" filth and urges people not to watch it. Angus has since semi-apologized.
But no matter how big of a mess Angus made, nothing will ever compare to Sheen's legendary crusade against "Men" and its creator Chuck Lorre last year -- Moonves says, "I don’t think [the Angus situation has] been quite resolved, but after going through what we went through with Charlie Sheen, it’s been a piece of cake."
Still, Moonves says the network hasn't decided whether to fire Angus -- whom he referred to as “that kid on 'Two And A Half Men' who’s getting paid $300,000 per episode to talk bad about me.”
Charlie was fired from the show last March ... but bounced back after signing ANOTHER huge contract to star in "Anger Management."