May 6, 2012 in City
Lohan avoids scrape with law this time
Lindsay Lohan won’t face prosecution over a nightclub manager’s claims that the actress struck him with her sports car, due to lack of evidence and doubts about his credibility, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office decided Friday.
Police interviewed the manager, reviewed surveillance footage and looked at Lohan’s Porsche and found no evidence that an accident had occurred.
Thaer Kamal, manager of the Hookah Lounge in Hollywood, accused Lohan of striking him with her Porsche early on March 14. A charge evaluation worksheet noted that although Kamal called 911, he refused medical treatment at the scene and told police he had been grazed by Lohan’s car along his right leg.
He refused to cooperate on follow-up interviews until roughly two weeks later, when he gave detectives a photo of a bruised left knee and appeared for the interview with his left knee bandaged, according to the prosecutor’s summary.
“There is no direct evidence to show Lindsay Lohan or anyone else struck victim Kamal,” Deputy District Attorney John Gilligan wrote. “Victim Kamal’s changed story and lack of cooperation with law enforcement make him a non-credible witness.”
Lohan, 25, will play Elizabeth Taylor in a television movie about the actress’s love affair with co-star Richard Burton.
Stiller-Vaughn flick renamed
“Neighborhood Watch” will now be known as just “The Watch.”
Fox says the name of the film starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn as suburban neighborhood watch volunteers who battle aliens was changed in light of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Florida.
The studio says it changed the name to “to avoid any accidental or unintended” misimpressions because “the subject matter of this alien invasion comedy bears no relation whatsoever to the recent tragic events in Florida.”
Fox previously pulled early promotional materials for the movie because of the Trayvon Martin case.
The unarmed, 17-year-old Martin was fatally shot in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman on Feb. 26, causing a national controversy.
The film is set for release July 27.
The birthday bunch
Singer Bob Seger is 67. Singer Jimmie Dale Gilmore is 67. Actor Alan Dale (“Lost,” “Ugly Betty”) is 65. Host Tom Bergeron is 57. Singer John Flansburgh (They Might Be Giants) is 52. Actress Roma Downey is 52. Actor George Clooney is 51. Guitarist Mark Bryan (Hootie and the Blowfish) is 45. Guitarist Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters) is 41. Actress Gabourey Sidibe is 29.