Lindsay Lohan has checked into a sober-living facility in hopes of having her 90-day jail sentence, which is due to start Tuesday, modified, sources say. Lohan checked into Pickford Lofts, a Los Angeles facility for addiction treatment that was founded by famed defense attorney Robert Shapiro after his son died of a drug overdose in 2005. Sources said that Lohan, facing jail for violating probation in her 2007 DUI case, was visited at the facility by her on-again, off-again girlfriend, Samantha Ronson. Shapiro, a high-profile lawyer best known for successfully defending O.J. Simpson in his murder trial, "is not yet Lindsay's official lawyer," a source told People. In the facility, Lohan will meet with addiction specialists, so, the source adds, "Shapiro can assess Lindsay's situation before he makes an announcement that he's her lawyer." The source also said Shapiro is "going to see how she behaves." "By checking into the house, Lohan hopes the judge will see that she is "trying to make an effort," the source says, and either reduces the sentence or has Lohan "stay in a facility instead of jail. The hope is that the judge sees Lindsay getting treatment and put her in an inpatient [rehab] program for 90 days instead of jail. Lindsay is not trying to fight or appeal the sentence, but adjust it."
Mel Gibson's estranged wife Robyn, seen at left with him in happier times, made a declaration defending him against ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva's allegations that he is a violent man in the custody battle over their 8-month-old baby. "Mel never engaged in any physical abuse of any kind toward me before, during or after our marriage," Robyn Gibson said in a declaration to a Los Angeles judge. "Mel was a wonderful and loving father." Robyn, who was married to Gibson for nearly 30 years and had seven children with him, separated from the actor in April 2009 after he was photographed on a Costa Rican beach with Grigorieva in March. Their divorce is being worked out. A source says, "Robyn felt she needed to speak out to protect her children and family. Robyn's tried to stay out of this, but she wanted to make sure there was no speculation of what happened within her family."Grigorieva has alleged that Gibson also struck their infant daughter when he punched Grigorieva in the face while she was holding Lucia, and has given the court a photo of the baby with a bruise on her chin. The allegation is being investigated by the state Department of Children and Family Services, which will interview Gibson next week. For now, Gibson still has visitation rights with the baby.
Meanwhile, Gibson peppers Grigorieva with a tirade of obscenities in the fifth tape released, one of those she secretly recorded earlier this year. He also says he is broke, and has been forced to sell some artwork and even his Los Angeles Lakers tickets. "I don’t have any f*cking money!" he screams. "I have to support you and everybody else! I have to sell paintings. I have to sell my box at the Lakers game!"
Melissa Etheridge says her ex, the former Tammy Lynn Michaels, used their 3-year-old twins, Johnnie Rose and Miller, as "pawns" to lure her to Boston, where she was served with court papers. In court papers filed in the increasingly bitter custody case, Melissa Etheridge says, "She used our children as pawns." Other legal papers reveal that Tammy, a former actress, is a stay-at-home-mom and has no income. She says her rent is $6,000 a month and she spends $1,500 on groceries and household supplies, $50 on laundry and cleaning and $800 on dining out with her children. When she was with Etheridge, she says her monthly clothing budget was $5,000. Now Etheridge pays all Tammy's household expenses and gives her $2,000 a month to spend. Tammy says Melissa earns between $600,000 and $750,00 a month, and she requests $4,300 a month for childcare, so that she can work or get job training.
Singer Pink suffered injuries to her legs when her harness malfunctioned during an acrobatic feat, shown at left during an earlier concert, and she fell about 8 feet and smashed into a barricade during a concert in Nurnberg, Germany Thursday. Video shows two dancers grabbing the harness, which falls to the ground, before helping her into it at the start of her song, "So What." When Pink plummets into the barricade, the band falls silent and so does the crowd. Within two minutes, she returns to the stage to applause. She apologized to the crowd, then was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Later Pink tweeted, "Nothings broken, no fluid in the lungs, just seriously sore. I made that barricade my b*tch!!!! Thanx nurnberg:(" She revealed that she "didn't get clipped in2 harness correctly,drug me off stage, fell in2 barricade. Getting xrays.I hope it at least looked cool!!!"
The couple accused of threatening to publicize photos of John Stamos that showed him with strippers and drugs unless he paid them $680,000 were found guilty of extortion in a Michigan court and face up to five years in prison. Allison Coss, 24, who met Stamos when she was 17 and maintained a friendship with him, and Scott Sippola, 31, were convicted of conspiracy and threatening Stamos' reputation in email communications.the couple's arrest at a Michigan airport. Stamos' attorney says no such photos of him exist.
-- Anne Neville