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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) | Lindsay Lohan's future includes a new fashion line, two new movies, some time in jail and another stint in rehab.
The actress was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail and 90 days in a residential substance-abuse program for violating her probation, stemming from two separate 2007 cases of driving under the influence of cocaine and alcohol. She is to surrender and begin her jail sentence July 20. Rehabilitation will follow.
The punishment meted out by Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel will keep Lohan from promoting "Machete," the Robert Rodriguez action film expected in theaters in September. The company 20th Century Fox, which is releasing the film, had no comment.
Lohan's jail and rehab sentence will also delay production of "Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story," in which the 24-year-old plays the porn actress.
Writer-director Matthew Wilder said after the probation ruling that he and his crew remain "100 percent behind Lindsay."
"We are proud to have this remarkable artist work on our film," he said.
Lohan's sentence may also prevent her from further promoting her new fashion line, 6126. The first items from the 280-piece collection are shipping out to department stores nationwide this month.
Lohan was instrumental in the line's design and marketing plans and is featured in its promotional materials. Her business partner, Kristi Kaylor, did not respond to phone and e-mail messages seeking comment.
Lohan's agent, Nick Styne, declined to comment. Her manager, Jason Weinberg, did not respond to an e-mail request for comment.
On Wednesday, a judge delayed trial in a lawsuit filed against Lohan until she completes her jail sentence. The case had been scheduled to begin July 27. Both sides have listed Lohan as a potential witness.
A deposition likely to include questions about Lohan's drug use at the time of her 2007 arrest will also be postponed.
Lohan is being sued by Tracie Rice, a passenger in a vehicle Lohan was following in a predawn pursuit that ended in a Santa Monica parking lot. Also suing the actress are two men who were passengers in the vehicle Lohan allegedly commandeered that night, and another man who claimed he had his foot run over.
Judge Revel cited Lohan's conduct after the chase at Tuesday's probation hearing, noting Lohan initially told police someone else was driving.
She also chastised Lohan for missing a court hearing in May while at the Cannes Film Festival and repeatedly skipping out on court-mandated, alcohol-education classes. She said Lohan lied about using drugs and tried to blame others for the two driving offenses involved in the original charges.
A tearful Lohan pleaded with the judge before the sentencing, saying she did the best she could to juggle jobs and the court-ordered classes and really tried to comply with the terms of her probation.
"I'm not taking this as a joke," said Lohan, who had an obscenity printed on her left middle finger. "It's my life. It's my career I've worked for my entire life."
Judge Revel said she found the starlet's apology insincere, comparing it to "somebody who cheats and thinks it isn't cheating if she doesn't get caught."
Lohan burst into tears upon hearing the terms of her punishment.
Lohan spent 84 minutes in jail in 2007 after she pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of being under the influence of cocaine and no contest to two counts of driving with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08 percent and one count of reckless driving.
Prosecutor Danette Meyers argued Tuesday that Lohan wasn't taking the charges or her punishment seriously and urged jail time for the actress. "You have not caught her attention," she told the judge. "I appreciate the tears, but I don't think you've got it."
Lohan's attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, claimed that the actress had adhered to the spirit of the law, if not the letter. "She has gotten it together," she said. "She changed her conduct and is now in compliance with the court's overall order."
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