lindsay lohanWhen Lindsay Lohan does something completely crazy/illegal/spaced-out, etc., it's news to roughly, hmm, zero people. So hearing that she was a no-show in court today for a hearing involving the November 29 altercation at a NYC nightclub -- in which she allegedly punched a psychic and was arrested with a charge of misdemeanor assault -- comes as no real surprise. And the obvious gut reaction is, "Wow, what a spoiled brat to think she's above the law!" But here's the thing ... it actually sounds like, at least this time, she may have had every reason to stay home.

Even people who are usually at the ready to rip LiLo for her ridiculousness seem to agree that what went down that night was questionable. So it would seem to follow then that what LiLo was supposed to deal with in court today isn't really all that pressing or, hmm, dare I say, legitimate?

Remember, the woman LiLo allegedly punched, Tiffany Ava Mitchell, says she's a palm reader who was "trying to read the actress's fortune." But Mitchell didn't seek out medical attention after the incident, and when Lohan was arrested after the alleged altercation, her attorney, Mark Jay Heller, said the actress was "a victim of someone trying to capture their 15 minutes of fame." He also told reporters LiLo "never made any physical contact with the alleged victim. ... Lindsay Lohan did not commit any crime, she did not assault anyone, all she did is verbally request her privacy."

What's more, Heller explained he thinks the case may not even move forward, and in the meantime, LiLo's absence from court today was the result of unfiled paperwork. He said she'll only "appear in court when there is an accusatory document, which has not yet been filed," and he also signed required paperwork on her behalf today.

Sure, Lindsay and her lawyer could be full of hooey ... OR their explanation may be totally legit. Either way, it sounds like there really were some missing components preventing the hearing from taking place. While I don't usually give LiLo the benefit of the doubt, this could very well be one case in which we should.

What do you think -- should LiLo have gone to court or does it seem like she had good reason not to?

 

 

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