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Lindsay Lohan: Court-ordered rehab 'a blessing... not a curse'

April 11, 2013|By Richard Winton
  • Lindsay Lohan talks to David Letterman about her upcoming trip to rehab during the "Late Show with David Letterman."
Lindsay Lohan talks to David Letterman about her upcoming trip to rehab… (Jeffrey R. Staab / Associated…)

Lindsay Lohan insists she is not entering court-ordered rehab with a bad attitude.

"I don’t think it’s a bad thing," Lohan told David Letterman this week. "I think it’s a blessing ... and not a curse.”

Law enforcement sources told The Times on Wednesday that Lohan has made arrangements to enter rehab in May.

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The exact center is unknown, but it's believed to be in New York state.

Lohan, 26, is being required to spend the time in rehab as part of her sentence for lying to Santa Monica police about who was driving a Porsche on Pacific Coast Highway that collided with a truck.

Letterman asked the actress, “Aren’t you supposed to be in rehab now?”

Lohan replied, “Do you not watch anything that goes on? May 2.”

Letterman asked how many times she’s been in rehab, to which she responded, “Several.”

Lohan quickly noted Letterman's line of questioning had not been part of the pre-interview for her appearance on the show, in advance of her new movie, "Scary Movie 5."

But she then explained her feelings: “I’m the happiest when I’m working, and the healthiest. And I think [rehab] is an opportunity for me to, you know, focus on what I love in life.

Letterman asked whether Lohan has “addiction problems.” She replied he sounded like Dr. Phil.

In sentencing Lohan to rehab, a Los Angeles judge directed her not to leave the facility for any reason. The center does not have to be locked, but the judge made it clear that Lohan's probation would be violated if she left at any time.

Officials will be monitoring her progress.

After the sentencing, her attorney, Mark Heller, said, "I'm very confident that you won't be seeing Lindsay Lohan in any criminal courts any time in the future."

He added: "She has fully recognized all of the issues that have to be addressed, and I'm very confident she'll be able to move forward in her life with dignity, pride and respect."

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richard.winton@latimes.com

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