Lindsay Lohan is in the news again, and like usual, it isn't for her acting skills. Lindsay claims that a Congressional aide, Christian LaBella, tried to choke her in a New York hotel room in order to get his cell phone back after she allegedly took it from him to delete photographs she claims he was taking of her while they partied earlier in the night. After the alleged choking incident at around 6 a.m. in the morning, Lindsay pulled the fire alarm at the W Hotel in Manhattan, where she and a group of friends had retreated following a nine hour bender at various clubs and hotels. Mr. LaBella was subsequently arrested by the NYPD, but was released shortly thereafter because of a lack of evidence. Since his release, Mr. LaBella and Lindsay have filed harassment complaints against each other, and
Lindsay has vowed to make sure that he is prosecuted for the alleged battery. Whether Lindsay had a right to delete the photos depends on whether she had a reasonable expectation of privacy when they were taken. Considering the reported circumstances, its unlikely that she would be found to have had an expectation of privacy. In any event, Lindsay hasn't been staying out of trouble during her time in New York - she was arrested on September 19th after she hit a pedestrian with her Porsche.