Lindsay Lohan took to her Twitter account on Wednesday to calm the furor over a profane message on one of her fingernails. The troubled actress explained that having the words "f--- U" inscribed on the nail of her middle finger on Tuesday was just a joke and not meant to insult Judge Marsha Revel, who sentenced her to 90 days in jail and 90 days of in-patient rehab for a probation violation.
"Didn't we do our nails as a joke with our friend DC?" she tweeted. "It had nothing to do w/court. It's an airbrush design from a stencil xx."
While some legal experts have speculated that Lohan could get a few extra days in jail tacked on for contempt of court in the incident, Revel has not made any comments on the gesture so far. Attorney Scott Leemon told MTV News that the four-letter salute from Lohan was mostly just poor form and childish nonsense that could come back to bite her.
"Is it a crazy move? I don't think she thought anyone could catch on, and I don't think it had any part in the decision that was made [by Judge Revel]," said Leemon, a New York lawyer who is not involved in Lohan's case but who has logged time in court representing 50 Cent, Young Buck, Busta Rhymes, Young Jeezy and Tony Yayo. "But it won't be good if she has to come in front of her again for another violation."
Just hours after Lohan begged for leniency and pleaded with Revel that she was taking her probation seriously, still images of the profanity on her nail began to surface and questions arose about whom the message was intended for.
Lohan also used her Twitter to vent about the sentence she received, which a number of legal experts told MTV News seemed harsh for Lohan's probations violations.
Her tweets quoted Article 5 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, which states, "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."
She followed that with a comment about an article referring to U.S. sentencing guidelines and how their 15th anniversary passed with no "celebrations, parades, or other festivities in honor of this punishment scheme created by Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission. ... Instead, the day passed like most others during the last 15: scores of federal defendants sentenced under a constitutionally perverted system that saps moral judgment through its mechanical rules."
She also provided a link to a story about Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old Iranian mother of two who is scheduled to be stoned to death for adultery.
Lohan was ordered to surrender to the court to begin her jail term on July 20. She is expected to serve around 25 percent of her time, which means she could end up behind bars for a minimum of 23 days.
Lohan's lawyer could not be reached for comment on the controversy over the nail message.