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    Lindsay Drops the Ball—the Vienna Opera Ball, That Is

    Lindsay Lohan Alex Berliner

    Quick, somebody check the temperature down by the Styx: Lindsay Lohan has turned down an invitation to party!

    LiLo was originally set to serve as this year's celeb rent-a-date (going rate: $150,000) for horny old Austrian billionaire Richard Lugner, who chooses a different A-list lovely each year for the annual Vienna Opera Ball.

    And while this year's bash takes place tonight, just hours ago the 77-year-old broke the news that Lohan won't be accompanying him after all—and the world's press has Lindsay's shopping habit to thank.

    According to the possibly truth-stretching—but then again, possibly not—Lugner, Lohan missed her plane from Los Angeles to London after a shopping spree ran overtime. Apparently, what the starlet lacked in funds to hold the flight, the billionaire lacked in inclination, resulting in her no-show.

    "She wanted to pay it, but her card's credit limit was not high enough," Lugner said of the would-be $22,000 fee.

    Incidentally, it's not the first batch of backhanded comments he's dished out about Lohan. Earlier this month, he ran down her list of demands for the event, including keeping all alcohol out of her sightline and requesting to move the date of the ball (an impossibility given that it has taken place on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday every year since 1936).

    But all is not lost. While British tabloids report that Lugner, who has previously enlisted the arm candy services of Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Dita Von Teese, Geri Halliwell and Nicollette Sheridan for the event, will instead be accompanied to tonight's festivities by U.K. tabloid trainwreck Katie "Jordan" Price, who arrived in town this morning, the billionaire is apparently going a different way this year and says he will instead be bringing male German entertainer Dieter Bohlen.

    So he's having a ball in more ways than one.

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    There's no question the fashions at tonight's Eurotrash European extravaganza will be wild. But will they be wild enough to compete with our Fashion Police lineup?

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