NYPD: Lindsay Lohan clips pedestrian, leaves scene

In this May 9, 2012 photo shows actress Lindsay Lohan at the A&E Networks 2012 Upfront at Lincoln Center in New York. Lohan will star as Elizabeth Taylor in the upcoming Lifetime TV movie "Liz & Dick." Police in Santa Monica, Calif., say Lohan was involved in a car accident on Pacific Coast Highway around 11:45 a.m. Friday and that an investigation is ongoing. (AP Photo/Starpix, Kristina Bumphrey, file)

September 20, 2012 3:14:37 AM PDT
The NYPD charged Lindsay Lohan with leaving the scene of an accident Wednesday morning after allegedly striking a pedestrian in Chelsea, but her publicist said he expects the allegations to be proven false.

The 26-year-old troubled star may have been arrested on West 16th Street in Chelsea, but hours before she was farther uptown on 34th Street at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

One of her friends tweeted a picture of the star.

She was at a Slash concert.

Wednesday the former lead guitarist for the band Guns N Roses tweeted, "The situation last night with Lindsay was a lame paparazzi stunt. She didn't do anything. It's being blown out of proportion."

TMZ.com reports that the surveillance video seems to show that the man Lohan is accused of hitting is exaggerating what actually happened.

According to the NYPD, Lohan hit a pedestrian, a chef at nearby restaurant, who says Lohan clipped him while she was parking her Porsche SUV.

Authorities say Lohan was attempting to park in the alleyway, honking to move people out of her way, when she brushed up against the man. He allegedly confronted the star and the people with her.

After a verbal back and forth, Lohan went into the club at the adjacent Dream Hotel and the man called police.

When police responded, she came out of the hotel and was arrested just before 2:30 a.m. She was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

The pedestrian had since gone to Bellevue Hospital to be checked out. He was treated for a knee injury and released.

Lohan was taken to the 10th Precinct, given a ticket and scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 23.

Alchohol is not suspected to be involved in the low-speed crash.

Two other men were in the vehicle with her at the time. They were not charged.

"We are confident this matter will be cleared up in the coming weeks and the claims being made against Lindsay will be proven untrue," Lohan's publicist Steve Honig wrote in an email. He wrote the incident appeared to be "much ado about nothing."

It was the latest car accident involving Lohan.

On June 8, Lohan was involved in a crash in California that sent her and her assistant to a hospital. They were on their way to a shoot for the film "Liz and Dick" when Lohan's Porsche collided with a dump truck on the Pacific Coast Highway. Neither was seriously injured and Lohan resumed shooting later in the day.

The accident remains under investigation; police have said they are trying to determine who was driving.

The actress, best known for roles in "Freaky Friday" and "Mean Girls," was cleared in May of allegations that she struck a Hollywood nightclub manager with her car. Los Angeles prosecutors refused to file charges, stating there was no evidence an accident occurred and citing doubts about the manager's credibility.

Lohan remains on informal probation for taking a necklace last year from a jewelry store without permission. She completed a strict counseling and morgue cleanup duty program implemented by a judge. She is not required to check in with a judge or probation officer, but she could face a jail term if she is re-arrested.

Lohan recently filmed "The Canyons," a film by "Less Than Zero" author Bret Easton Ellis. "The Canyons" has Lohan playing opposite James Deen, who is best known as an adult film star with thousands of movies to his credit.

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