A warrant has been issued for Lindsay Lohan's arrest after she failed to attend a mandatory probation hearing in Los Angeles on Thursday morning (20May10).
The Mean Girls star was ordered to appear before Judge Marsha Revel at Beverly Hills Courthouse after only completing 10 of her 13 court-ordered alcohol education classes, stemming from a 2007 arrest.
But Lohan found herself stranded in Europe on Tuesday (18May10) after losing her passport while attending the Cannes Film Festival in France. She claimed her papers had been stolen and turned to U.S. Embassy officials for help, but they weren't able to replace the documentation until Thursday - prompting Lohan to miss her court date.
The probation hearing went ahead as planned and Lohan's lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley was left to explain the passport problem to Judge Revel as the reason for the actress' absence. But the judge refused to accept the excuse, telling Holley, "Actions speak louder than words", adding the actress had "a history of not keeping scheduled appointments."
The judge also stated there was reason to believe Lohan had violated the terms of her probation, which could result in a 180-day prison sentence.
The bench warrant was issued and bail was set at $100,000 (£66,670).
Reports suggest the troubled star will fly back to Los Angeles on Friday (21May10), and she is expected to be taken into custody upon landing in America.
If Lohan posts bail she will be allowed to remain free until her next court hearing providing she agrees to abstain from alcohol, wear an electronic monitoring device and undergo random drug testing at least once a week.
Lohan's next court date has yet to be determined.
Meanwhile, French police have poured doubt on the actress' claims her passport was stolen after revealing they have no record of the crime. Lohan's lawyer and her mother Dina insist they reported the theft to local authorities.