Police aren’t the only ones conducting an investigation into Monday’s alleged altercation between Lindsay Lohan and a staff member at the Betty Ford Center rehab clinic in Los Angeles. According to The Associated Press, the California Department of Public Health has also launched an investigation at the Ford clinic.
Though they wouldn’t comment on the nature of the probe or if it were directly related to that apparent scuffle between the “Mean Girls” actress and a Betty Ford staffer, the news comes just a day after the center fired the employee for giving an on-camera interview with gossip website TMZ.
Experts believe the interview could violate state and federal medical privacy laws that prohibit medical personnel from discussing the treatment of patients. Lohan is still under investigation for misdemeanor battery in the case.
Lohan’s mother has also weighed in on the incident, denying reports that her daughter refused to take a breathalyzer test after confronted by now-former Ford staffer Dawn Holland. According to TMZ, Dina Lohan said Holland’s claims that Dina was instructing her daughter to decline the breathalyzer during a phone conversation are false.
Dina told the site that she was merely speaking to Lindsay in an attempt to comfort her after the alleged face-off with Holland, in which Lindsay claims the chemical-dependency tech “berated and grabbed” her.
“I stand behind my daughter 100 percent,” Dina Lohan told TMZ. “The whole thing with the woman is a little sketchy.”