Ex-congressional aide from Illinois cleared in Lindsay Lohan dispute
By Bridget Doyle, Tribune reporter6:37 am, October 1, 2012
A man who worked for Illinois Congressman John Shimkus was arrested on an assault charge after a scuffle with actress Lindsay Lohan in a New York hotel room, but he was released and charges were eventually dropped.
Lohan claimed 25-year-old Christian LaBella grabbed her in an argument over cell phone images at the W Hotel in Manhattan’s Union Square over the weekend.
Lohan, 26, and LaBella filled harassment complaints with police against each other after. LaBella’s arrest was voided when the charge could not be substantiated, the Associated Press reported.
Shimkus’ spokesman Steven Tomaszewski confirmed that LaBella, of Valley Village, Calif., has been an employee in the congressman’s Washington office.
“Obviously, the congressman does not condone his actions,” Tomaszewski wrote in a statement.
Tomaszewski said Shimkus’ office had not been contacted by LaBella following his arrest and would be making no further comment as it is a legal matter.
Calls to LaBella were not immediately returned.