- Associated Press - Thursday, July 8, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A slew of Lindsay Lohan’s recent drug tests were clean, but her fingernails definitely are not.

The day after the actress was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail began with news outlets focused on the four-letter expletive painted on Lohan’s middle fingers, which she prominently displayed during Tuesday’s court hearing.

Wednesday ended with the release of a court filing that detailed what’s in Lohan’s medicine cabinet _ a mix of legally prescribed antidepressants, a powerful painkiller and heartburn medication.

Neither Lohan’s manicure nor her medicines figured in her upcoming return to jail, but both revelations are hints of the intense scrutiny facing the starlet in the coming months.

Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel ruled Tuesday that Lohan had violated her probation in a 2007 drug case by failing to attend court-ordered alcohol education classes.

In addition to jail time, Lohan was ordered to check into an inpatient rehab program for three months then regularly see a probation officer.

Lohan and her attorney Shawn Chapman Holley said Thursday the sentence was overly harsh.

“Ms. Lohan and I are extremely disappointed in the sentence handed down by Judge Revel,” they said in the prepared statement. “We believe that the penalty is far harsher than what others would have received under similar circumstances.”

Like most defendants, Lohan had to balance work commitments with court requirements, the statement said, contending the actress “substantially complied with each of her probationary conditions.”

Even so, the statement said Lohan will serve her jail term and comply with the sentence, which also includes random drug and alcohol testing.

Lohan underwent six similar tests since missing a court date in late May.

The tests found no illicit drugs or alcohol, according to a probation officer’s report. The screenings did detect traces of the drug Adderall, which is used to treat attention hyperactivity disorder, and the powerful painkiller Dilaudid, which the report indicated was for Lohan’s dental pain.

It did not indicate how often Lohan was taking the medications, but it stated she had valid prescriptions for all of them. She told the officer she has been taking the medications for as long as she can remember.

Lohan’s medicines will be getting a closer look, too. The judge assigned two doctors to evaluate Lohan and report back whether alcohol has any adverse reactions with the medications.

The actress was cooperative and had a positive attitude when showing up for the tests, and hoped to put the nearly three-year-old criminal case behind her, the report stated.

Still, photos taken by a courtroom photographer of the expletive stenciled on Lohan’s fingers left many questioning the star’s attitude and the sincerity of her apology to the judge.

Lohan insisted in a Twitter posting the message wasn’t meant for the judge doling out the punishment. “It had nothing to do w/court,” Lohan wrote. “It’s an airbrush design from a stencil.”

Holley addressed the controversy in the prepared statement, saying the words “could barely be seen by the naked eye.”

Regardless of why it got there, the message is unlikely to have any impact on Lohan’s court case when she turns herself in July 20.

Inscribing fingernails with messages is an emerging trend with the younger set, said celebrity manicurist Jenna Hipp, adding that she wrote a secret message beneath Gabourey Sidibe’s manicure when the “Precious” star was preparing for the Oscars.

“Kids are just starting to play a little bit more with their fingernails,” Hipp said. “Now with Lindsay doing it, of course, it’s going to go crazy.”

Amid all the nail-gazing, Lohan did receive a a bit of a reprieve. Another judge agreed to delay an upcoming civil trial that stems from one of the actress’ 2007 arrests until after she’s out of jail.

There were no signs the case is going to settle, which leaves Lohan one more reminder of two turbulent months that saw her arrested twice and is keeping her in the spotlight three years later.

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AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen contributed to this report.

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