July 20th, 2010
05:12 PM ET
Early this morning, the "Showbiz Tonight" staff skipped the conference room and went straight to the newsroom where Executive Producer, Dave Levine, called the shots for our special 11 a.m. coverage of Lindsay Lohan's sentencing.
Shortly before air, our in-house satellite feeds showed “Showbiz Tonight” correspondent, Kareen Wynter, patiently waiting right outside the Beverly Hills courthouse in what she called a “crush” of media, all there to witness Lohan turning herself in.
In the beginning, there were a whole lot of questions: Why did Lohan’s new attorney, Robert Shapiro, quit at the eleventh hour? Would Lohan fight her jail sentence? And would Lohan show up on time?
As to the question of what happened to Lindsay’s new attorney, Robert Shapiro, celebrity attorney Debra Opri expertly predicted on our show today that Shawn Chapman Holley would be by Lohan’s side, and she was. Inside the courtroom, Holley told the judge, “Just to be clear, Mr. Shapiro acted as, I believe, as a consultant, but was not an attorney of record on the case at any time.” So does that clear up all the speculation that he abandoned Lindsay at the eleventh hour? We’ll address that question live at 5 p.m.
We had thought that Lohan may have hired Shapiro to fight her jail sentence, but she sat quietly with her long bleach blonde locks in court and nodded as the judge spoke. Debra Opri said that Judge Revel was extremely compassionate toward Lohan by allowing her to start her probation, which includes rehab treatment, as soon as she leaves jail.
In another sign of compassion, the judge ordered all cameras be turned off so that the media could not witness Lohan getting hauled off in handcuffs, but "Showbiz Tonight" had correspondents inside the courtroom. We will bring you all the dramatic details and more at 5 p.m. Eastern today on HLN.
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