Cash-strapped Lohan Can’t Afford Counselling

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July 21, 2011 | 6:00pm EST

Lindsay Lohan is struggling to find the cash to pay for court-ordered counselling.
The actress returned to court in Los Angeles on Thursday for a progress report on her probation and faced the judge who sentenced her to serve 120 days behind bars earlier this year.

During the hearing, the Mean Girls star’s attorney Shawn Chapman Holley gave Judge Stephanie Sautner an update on Lohan’s court-ordered community service hours, shoplifters alternative course and court-ordered psychological counselling, revealing her client had yet to start counselling, due to financial issues.

Sautner cut the lawyer off as she explained Lohan was attempting to get financial aid through the Screen Actors Guild, adding the troubled star had considered inexpensive group counselling, but ruled the idea out due to privacy issues.

The frustrated judge said, “I don’t want group counselling for her, I want one-on-one. She needs to get into counselling, I’m going to give her 21 days… If she doesn’t have the means, maybe she knows somebody who can help.”

Sautner then suggested the actress should “find someone with a credit card who can help”.

Lohan told the judge she would start therapy within 21 days, prompting Sautner to state, “If I don’t have proof in 21 days, I will revoke probation and set a formal hearing.”

Initial reports from the court suggested the judge was happy with the progress Lohan was making in her community service – but it’s now clear that was not the case.

Sautner urged Lohan to not delay her mandated community service hours at a downtown Los Angeles women’s center and the Los Angeles County morgue, insisting she would not accept excuses about the actress’ work schedule on the set of the new John Gotti biopic.

The judge told Holley, “I don’t want to hear, ‘Oh, I couldn’t do it because I was on the set of the John Gotti movie!'”

The actress was given eight months to complete her required 60 days of community service.

Lohan is due back in court on 19 October for another progress report.