Karma has raised its ugly head to bite the arrogant Lindsay Lohan rendering her back in trouble with law enforcement. The 26-year-old was arrested Wednesday morning outside a Meatpacking District nightspot after allegedly clipping a pedestrian, causing a knee injury with her Porsche Cayenne and then leaving the scene, New York City police said.
The alleged victim, cook Jose Rodriguez, told The Daily News that Lohan “smelled like alcohol” and was “slurring” her words.
“They acted like I was nothing,” Rodriguez said. “That no one could touch her because she was rich and powerful.”
He added, “I didn’t know who she was until people told me. I don’t know why she couldn’t just do the right thing.”
There was no indication that Lohan, who hails from Long Island, had been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and the charge did not result in her being jailed, police said.
Her publicist, Steve Honig, downplayed the seriousness of the incident.
In and email to ABC News, Honig wrote: “While some of the facts are still being gathered, it appears that this is much ado about nothing,” he said. “We are confident this matter will be cleared up in the coming weeks and the claims being made against Lindsay will be proven untrue.”
She had been at the wheel of a black 2010 Porsche Cayenne sport utility vehicle passing other cars and flashing her lights at slower vehicles en route to Dream Downtown, a 315-room luxury Manhattan hotel near the Hudson River. Two men, whose names were not made public by the police, were in the SUV with her.
The police said she was driving down a ramp or alley between the Maritime Hotel and the Dream Downtown, at 355 W. 16th St., near Ninth Avenue.
As she neared the hotel entrance she allegedly hit the pedestrian, a 34-year-old man, and did not stop until she reached Dream Downtown a short distance away, police said. She got out of her SUV and went into the club, police said. One of her male passengers got out of the Porsche and went back to talk to the man, who complained of knee pain, police said.
About a half-hour later, at 2:25 a.m., Lohan emerged from the hotel and returned to her car where she was arrested, police said. She was processed at the 10th Precinct, given a desk appearance ticket and released.
Reporters gathered Wednesday morning outside the hotel, a large gray building with a silvery facade and circular windows six stories high. The hotel wraps around a small, mostly underground nightclub called No. 8.
News of Lohan’s arrest comes just day’s after the unapologetic actress criticized LAPD for not throwing the book at Amanda Bynes. Basing remarks on her own treatment by the Los Angeles Police, Lohan tweeted; “Why did I get put in jail and a Nickelodeon star has had no punishment(s) so far?” Slamming Amanda Bynes seemed quite hypocritical.
Perhaps an impatient Lohan should have read the news reports indicating Bynes faces up to a year in jail as a result of the hit-and-run charges; and over the weekend, her car was impounded after she was pulled over for driving with a suspended license.
The fact that the star of Lifetime’sLiz & Dick took to her favorite bully pulpit to complain about what she perceives as unfair treatment seems quite disingenuous.
In a follow up tweet, the former Disney star wrote; “These are the moments that I appreciate my life experiences, living without regrets and Disney for supporting me as an actress.”
Tuesday’s scrape with the law is the latest of many for Lohan, 26, raised in Merrick and Cold Spring Harbor. As an actress she made her TV debut at age 6 on “Late Night with David Letterman” as a trick-or-treater dressed as garbage, and has had about two dozen film and TV roles since.
Her best-known films include “The Parent Trap” and “Mean Girls.” With Igor Kossov and Andy Edelstein,the problem-prone star is on informal probation for her 2011 necklace theft case until May 2014. Her only requirement, a judge said at a May court hearing, is to obey all laws. The judge added that if Lohan broke any laws, she could face a jail sentence of up to 245 days.