Police have dropped assault and harassment charges against a man who Lindsay Lohan stated choked her in the middle of a scuffle over cell phone photos early on Sunday.
Instead of criminal charges, police expect Christian LaBella, 25, and Lohan, 26, to file harassment claims against each other, reports CNN.
The altercation occurred in a guest room at New York’s Union Square W Hotel around 5 am, according to an unnamed police official. LaBella had accompanied Lohan and another man to the hotel after a night of partying.
Lohan stated that she took LaBella’s phone and ran after she realized he had taken photos of her at the nightclub. LaBella reportedly followed her and, according to the actress, choked her while he struggled to get his phone back.
LaBella is a clerical worker from Valley Village and could complain that Lindsay Lohan had no right to take away his phone. Police responded to a fire alarm that Lohan pulled. They arrested LaBella for two misdemeanor counts of assault and harassment based on Lohan’s account of the incident, notes The Chicago Tribune.
LaBella was let go by the police after investigators were unable to find proof of her accusations. Lohan’s publicist, Steve Honig, expressed his displeasure that police would not be charging Christian LaBella. Honig stated:
“We think it’s both distressing and outrageous. Lindsey was assaulted and there needs to be a consequence for that.”
Lindsay Lohan is no stranger to run ins with the police, and was even given a ticket last week for allegedly hitting a pedestrian while leaving a nightclub.