The Betty Ford staffer who accused Lindsay Lohan of battery has been fired after giving an interview about the incident, The Associated Press reports.
Dawn Holland, a chemical technician at the Betty Ford Center where Lohan is being treated, said the actress was "out of control" and had "snuck out" for alcohol in a video interview with TMZ on Tuesday, in which she showed a copy of her report on the incident.
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Although Holland was not identified, Betty Ford spokesman Russ Patrick said in a statement shortly after the video's release that a staffer was fired later for violating "strict confidentiality guidelines and laws by publically identifying patients in a media interview and by disclosing a privileged document."Earlier Tuesday, Riverside County sheriff's detectives said Lohan, 24, was being investigated for an alleged misdemeanor battery charge against an unidentified Betty Ford staffer during an early morning dispute on Dec. 12.In the TMZ video, Holland said Lohan and two roommates were caught "trying to jump over the back wall" to get back into the facility after sneaking out to go drinking. Holland said she was ordered to administer breathalyzer tests when Lohan — who "had alcohol on her breath" — became angry. Lohan "kept yelling and cursing and screaming" while Holland called the police, she said.
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"Then she tried to snatch the phone from out of my arm," Holland said. "She grabbed my wrist and twisted my arm and my hand to get the phone."Holland, who sported a right arm brace in the video, said she later went to the emergency room with a sprained right arm and hand, and is now on worker's compensation. "I did not touch the woman," Holland said. "I am not willing to risk my job over any patient."Lohan's attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, said in a statement that it was the actress who called 911. Holley declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation.
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Lohan, who was ordered to remain at Betty Ford until Jan 3., is still on probation stemming from a 2007 DUI case. She's due back in court Feb. 25 and is subject to random drug testing in between her release from rehab and the court date. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden Fox told her at her October hearing that any violation will result in a mandatory 180-day jail sentence.The recent ruling marked the fourth time Lohan avoided a lengthy jail stay in her DUI case. She served 84 minutes in 2007 and then 13 days of a 90-day sentence this summer for violating probation, after which she attended a drug-rehab program.