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Lindsay Lohan going back to rehab after accepting plea deal

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Lindsay Lohan is heading back to rehab. The troubled star is to spend 90 days in a locked-down facility for charges relating to a car crash in LA last June.

Lindsay, 26, accepted a plea deal to avoid the case going to trial after crashing her Porsche into a truck in Santa Monica last summer while she was filming Liz and Dick. She was on probation at the time.

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During a Los Angeles Superior Court hearing, to which she showed up nearly an hour late, the actress pleaded no contest to reckless driving and lying to police. A charge of obstructing an officer was dropped. As part of the deal, Lindsay also has to carry out 30 days of community service and 18 months of psychological therapy sessions.

Her lawyers and a prosecutor met the judge in chambers for more than two hours before Lindsay's plea was entered - she had previously pleaded not guilty.

Under the deal, she avoids a six-month jail sentence for violating her probation in a shoplifting case, as long as she doesn't break the law again.

Asked by Superior Court Judge James Dabney whether she understood the terms and conditions, Lindsay answered, "Yes, your honour." Before she left the courtroom, he made a suggestion. "Don't drive," he said.

Judge Dabney also fined Lindsay and gave her until a court date on 2 May to enroll in a rehab programme.

The Mean Girls actress has been repeatedly sentenced to jail since 2007 when she was twice arrested for driving under the influence. She has been sentenced to several short jail terms and rehab for failing to perform her community service and missing counseling sentences. And in 2011, she was sentenced to four months behind bars over the theft of a $2,500 gold necklace.

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