Need proof that not even the split heard—and celebrated—round the world can stop life in Hollywood from returning to normal? Look no further than Lindsay Lohan.
The 20-year-old actress is already doing her part to restore balance to all things tabloid-related, getting into yet another car accident with a paparazzo and, just for old times' sake, renewing her railing against her party-girl image.
According to Lohan's rep, Leslie Sloane Zelnik, the budding Bobby thesp's black Mercedes was rear-ended by a paparazzo in Los Angeles at roughly 2 a.m. Tuesday. The crash occurred while Lohan was attempting to avoid the lens of a photographer who had been trailing her since earlier that night.
It's unknown whether the star, who's no stranger to paparazzi-induced fender benders, plans to file a police report against the snap-happy photographer or whether she suffered any injuries from the smashup.
The New York Daily News, however, reports that Lohan was well enough to drive a short distance away from where the crash took place and then was quickly whisked away by a friend. It's unclear whether the hounded cover girl was driving solo when the accident took place, though earlier in the night, TMZ.com reported that she left Hyde nightclub "upset" and alone after getting into a screaming match with ex-beau Harry Morton inside the club.
The incident rather ironically comes on the heels of Lohan's latest public insistence that her irresponsible party-girl image was cultivated by tabloids and is wholly without merit.
Yesterday, in an obviously pretaped segment, Lohan appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, lashing out at her party image.
"I hate that!" she said of the party-girl label. "I'm 20 years old. Is it a crime to go...dancing with your friends? I have a life and I have my family and I have work and I have those three things.
"I mean, I've been acting my whole life. And this is what I love to do. And I'm very lucky and blessed to be able to do that."
Emilio Estevez, Lohan's Bobby director, also appeared on the show and defended his starlet's honor.
"The media likes to focus on [the negative] because it sells," he said, adding that Lohan, in contrast to her reportedly truant behavior on the set of Georgia Rule, was "dedicated" and "passionate" on the set of Bobby and, more importantly, was never late.
She'll have yet another chance to prove her punctual mettle soon.
According to Variety, the increasingly busy thesp has signed on to star in her first ever thriller, I Know Who Killed Me, shooting next month. The once again raven-haired beauty plays Aubrey Jordan, a young girl who gets abducted and tortured by a serial killer, and escapes only to tell people that the real Aubrey is still in the murderer's clutches.
In the meantime, Lohan has another potentially scary gig to look forward to: hosting the World Music Awards in London Nov. 15.
It was announced earlier this week that Michael Jackson, who will be receiving the Diamond Award honoring his having sold a career-spanning 100 million records, will perform his 1982 smash hit "Thriller" during the ceremony.