Three young men who claimed Lindsay Lohan commandeered their vehicle and took them on a white-knuckle high-speed chase on Santa Monica-area highways that ended with the actress’ arrest on DUI charges last July have filed suit over the bizarre incident, The Associated Press reports.
Dante Nigro, Jakon Sutter and Ronnie Blake sued Lohan last week for battery, false imprisonment, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, slander and negligence, seeking damages in excess of $25,000. Two months after the incident, the actress pleaded guilty to two counts of being under the influence of cocaine that night and an earlier drunken-driving arrest, serving 84 minutes in jail before entering rehab.
In August of 2007, Lohan was sued for assault and negligence by one of the passengers in the car she allegedly chased during the incident; Tracie Rice was in the car driven by Michelle Peck, the mother of one of the “Mean Girls” star’s former assistants. Rice’s suit alleged that Lohan intentionally inflicted emotional distress on her and sought unspecified damages and payment for medical and other emotional-distress-related expenses.
Lohan’s attorney, Ed McPherson, has labeled the new lawsuit “absurd.” He said the young men were having fun during the chase and wondered why they waited more than a year to file suit. “It just doesn’t make sense,” he told the AP. “They had ample opportunity to get out of the car. … It’s three guys who want to get a lot of headlines … and want to make some money.”
An attorney for the men said last year that he hoped to avoid filing a suit. McPherson confirmed there were talks, but no settlement could be reached.
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