In the wake of Lindsay Lohan's abrupt departure from what was supposed to be a 90-day stay at Morningside Recovery Center in Newport Beach, Calif., on Thursday, the Associated Press and other outlets have confirmed that the actress finagled a green light to check into the Betty Ford Center instead. A source tells Radar that after Lohan decided Morningside was not the place for her, she contacted her old lawyer, Shawn Holley, looking for help out of a situation that her new lawyer, Mark Heller, got her into. (Never mind that technically, violating her probation and lying to cops got her assigned to the rehab stint.) It seems that Morningside was not set up to handle a "lockdown" treatment program, as the court had mandated for the actress.
Apparently, the move to Betty Ford did not come without a struggle.
"The (prosecutor) called me to get in touch with Lindsay, who was headed to get on a flight to New York," her father, Michael Lohan, told the Daily News, explaining the events that followed her exit from Morningside. "I stopped her from getting on and told her she'd be arrested in New York. She said, 'Daddy, how can they arrest me?' I got her just before she left."
Meanwhile, Heller told a New York judge on Thursday that his client was indeed "in the bosom" of rehab, apparently unaware that she had never checked in. To complicate matters even further, Santa Monica Chief Deputy City Attorney Terry White told Fox News that his office never approved Morningside to begin with. It is believed that despite her relocation to Betty Ford, Lohan may be in violation of her plea deal.