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Lindsay Lohan escapes criminal charge in rehab scuffle

The Riverside County District Attorney decided not to pursue a possible assault charge against the "Machete" actress for her December scuffle at Betty Ford Center housing complex in Palm Desert.

Lindsay Lohan can breathe a sigh of relief after a prosecutor decided not to pursue a possible assault charge against her in connection with an altercation while she was in a substance abuse rehab program in December.

The troubled actress was involved in an altercation with Dawn Holland, a worker at the Betty Ford clinic, back in December last year.

Not enough evidence to charge Lohan
But, on Tuesday (March 29), the Riverside County District Attorney decided not to pursue a possible assault charge against the "Machete" actress for her December scuffle at Betty Ford Center housing complex in Palm Desert.

"Our office has completed review of the case, and we will not file charges due to insufficient evidence," District Attorney spokesman John Hall explained to the People magazine.

"It wasn't looked at any differently than other cases, and we didn't put any special priority on this. We also had to re-interview subsequent times several witnesses in the case."

The troubled actress was involved in an altercation with Dawn Holland, a worker at the Betty Ford clinic, back in December last year.

LiLo’s alleged rehab scuffle
Back on Dec. 12, Palm Desert officers were called to the 74000 block of Daisy Lane at 1:03 a.m. for a disturbance at the Betty Ford Center housing complex, where staffer Dawn Holland accused Lohan of battery.

But Lohan was not taken into custody because the charge was classified as a misdemeanor and officers did not witness anything.

Dawn Holland said she ordered Lohan and two other patients who tried to stumble back to the rehab center after curfew to take breathalyzer tests.

Holland, a clinical technician, said the 24-year-old actress attacked her in a “drunken rampage” when she questioned her.

But the “Mean Girls” star insisted she was only reacting to the worker, who put hands on her while “unfairly” yelling at her for breaking her curfew.

Staffer withdrew
On Dec. 21, the Betty Ford Center fired Holland for violating patient confidentiality by telling her story about the fight she allegedly had with Lohan to the celebrity website TMZ, in return of the money.

Holland later dropped her criminal complaint against the actress. Her lawyer, Keith Davidson, told TMZ, "A crime has quite simply not been committed by Ms Lohan... Dawn will not continue to press charges against Lindsay, nor will she be assisting any further in the investigation or prosecution. [She won't] in any way shape or form to do anything that would violate Lindsay's probation or cause an arrest."

Still in legal trouble
Although Lindsay has avoided the battery charges, she still faces a felony theft charge. She will face a preliminary hearing on a felony grand theft charge on April 22.

The troubled Hollywood singer-actress is said to have stolen a necklace from a high-end jewelry store. In Feb., she was accused of stealing $2,500 necklace from Kamofie & Co., a Venice, California custom jewelry store.