Los Angeles: Actress Lindsay Lohan was released from jail early Monday after serving 13 days of a 90-day sentence for violating her probation on a 2007 drunk-driving charge, media reported.
Lohan, 24, was booked into an all-female jail in south Los Angeles on July 20 and placed in solitary confinement – a blow to newspaper headline writers who had excitedly predicted she would be victimised by lesbian gangs.
Her sentence was reduced for good behaviour and under early-release programmes to combat overcrowding in Los Angeles' budget-strapped jail system.
Lindsay Lohan released from U.S. jail (Reuters)
Entertainment website E! Online reported that Lohan was released at 1.35 a.m. Monday but somehow managed to avoid the dozens of camera crews waiting outside the jail for her.
Her freedom is expected to be short-lived though as her sentence also mandates she begin an immediate 90-day stint in rehab. According to celebrity website TMZ.com, Lohan will be treated for bipolar disorder and an addiction to amphetamines.
Both TMZ and rival outlet Radaronline.com said Lohan would head to a facility operated by the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Hospital System in West Los Angeles.
The Mean Girls actress, whose promising career has floundered in recent years due to her hard-partying Hollywood lifestyle, said in 2007 she was addicted to drugs and alcohol, and made three trips to rehab that year. She was also found in possession of cocaine at the time of her 2007 arrest and spent 84 minutes in jail as part of her sentence.
Lohan found fame at age 11 in a remake of The Parent Trap, and her subsequent work in Freaky Friday and Mean Girls established her credentials as one of Hollywood's most promising actresses. But she found it hard to follow up on her early success after hitting the night-club circuit and was dropped from a movie earlier this year.
Lohan was sent to jail after a Beverly Hills judge overseeing her probation grew frustrated with the actress's multiple absences from court-ordered alcohol education classes.
Lohan served her time in isolation because of her high profile. But prison officials have said she was treated like any other inmate, eating the non-gourmet jail food and serving her time in 12 ft by 8 ft (nine sq. meter) cell.
Her latest woes have delayed shooting on her next, independent movie in which she will play the late porn star Linda Lovelace. Lohan was last in theatres with the 2007 flop I Know Who Killed Me.