Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has been finally released from formal probation for the first time in four years.
Lindsay Lohan, 25, was ruled to be in the clear at her final hearing today, but not without some blunt advice from Judge Stephanie Sautner.
Judge Stephanie Sautner told Lindsay Lohan: “You need to live your life in a more mature way, stop clubbing and focus on work.”
Lindsay Lohan couldn’t hide her delight and even Judge Stephanie Sautner exclaimed excitedly: “She did it!”
The actress seems to have listened to the authority figure – who she now genuinely seems to see as a mentor – as she told TMZ that she was planning to celebrate her freedom at a quiet dinner with her sister, Ali.
Lindsay Lohan told the judge: “What you’ve done has really opened a lot of doors for me,” before adding: “I hope I see you again soon.”
Stephanie Sautner explained that Lindsay Lohan had complied with all her requirements, and would now be free of official checks – if she stays out of trouble for two-and-a-half years.
Earlier this week it was reported that Lindsay Lohan ran into Hookah Lounge manager Thaer Kamal outside a Hollywood before driving off two weeks ago would not go against her.
It’s recorded that the alleged incident is under investigation by police, but Lindsay Lohan’s probation officer discounts the claim and gives it no weight, noting that no charges have been filed and that Lindsay has not been arrested.
As such, the District Attorney did not object to Judge Stephanie Sautner terminating Lindsay Lohan’s probation, stemming from her 2007 Beverly Hills DUI case.
In relation to Lindsay Lohan’s necklace theft case from last year, the LA City Attorney changed her formal probation – which requires her to regularly report to her probation officer and a judge – to informal probation.
The informal probation period will end after two-and-a-half years, so long as the actress does not break the law.
A smiling Lindsay Lohan was pictured leaving her final probation meeting in Santa Monica last week – apparently after learning she was going to be in the clear.
According to TMZ, her probation report reads in part: “The probationer [Lindsay Lohan] is in compliance with the terms and conditions of probation.
“The report recommends that probation continue the way it’s been going, but that is standard for these reports.”
In relation to the hit and run allegations, Thaer Kamal has claimed Lindsay Lohan grazed him with her black Porsche as she tried to leave the Sayers Club in Hollywood almost two week ago, which Lindsay strongly denies.
She insists that she was trying to attend a friend’s party but didn’t even make it into the venue thanks to throngs of photographers.
Yet Radar claim to have watched surveillance tapes from the night in question which seem to demolish Lindsay Lohan’s claims that she was “freaked out by all the paparazzi”.
They wrote: “Kamal and Lohan clearly engage in conversation. There were absolutely no other paparazzi or photographers in the alley as Lohan claimed.”
And a source told the website: “When Lindsay got out of the car, he smelled alcohol on her breath.
“He didn’t think she should be driving, and told her so, and she replied <<f*ck you>>.
“Lindsay hit Thaer with her car as she was attempting to get out of the alley and also bumped his car.”
However, the definitive proof remains elusive as Thaer Kamal was standing out of range in the surveillance video when Lindsay Lohan allegedly struck him with her car.
“Thaer just wants the truth to come out, that is all. He was injured and unable to work, since the incident. Thaer wants Lindsay to be held accountable for her actions,” their source said.
Lindsay Lohan was confident that Stephanie Sautner will see the alleged incident as nothing more than someone trying to make easy cash from her, and it wasn’t even mentioned.
Earlier this week it was reported that Lindsay Lohan would be taking legal action against Thaer Kamal, should he file a civil lawsuit against her.
According to Radar Online, Lindsay Lohan “will counter-sue and hold him responsible for the allegations he has made”.
The website also claims today that Thaer Kamal has never been investigated for insurance fraud and has no criminal record, contrary to earlier reports.