UPDATE: All previous charges against the suspect have been dropped. Police sources say Lohan taking the suspects phone constituted a crime. That, coupled with Lohan’s refusal of medical attention weakened her case. NYPD Deputy Comissioner for Public Information Paul Browne released the following statement:”In wake of investigation by detectives, we anticipate cross complaints for harassment (no assault arrest).”
(NEW YORK) — Actress Lindsay Lohan was assaulted inside her New York City hotel room early Sunday morning, ABC News has confirmed. Lohan was allegedly attacked by 25 year old Christian LaBella of Valley Village, California, after confronting him over photos he had taken of the troubled starlet with his phone.
The Mean Girls star and three friends reportedly invited LaBella to her hotel room at the W Hotel around 4:30 in the morning. Upset about finding photos of herself on the man’s phone, Lohan allegedly took the device and refused to give it back. LaBella reportedly then threw her on the bed leaving scratches on her hands. She then fled the hotel room and was accosted by LaBella in a stairwell, where he allegedly choked her from behind and tossed her down the stairs.
She then pulled the fire alarm, which shut down all of the elevators in the building, before running away. LaBella was arrested and charged with misdemeanor accounts of third-degree assault and harassment.
Law enforcement has confirmed that LaBella was a part time congressional staffer for Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois. A statement from the congressman’s office reads:
“While no one from Congressman Shimkus’ office has been contacted by Mr. LaBella following his arrest, he has been an employee in the Congressman’s Washington office. Obviously, the Congressman does not condone his actions. As this is a legal matter for Mr. LaBella, the Congressman nor his office will make further comment.”
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