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Lohan walks free from rehab after just three weeks

Actress Lindsay Lohan is a free woman after being released early from a rehabilitation centre just 22 days into a court-ordered three-month programme.

Lohan's early discharge followed media reports that doctors treating the Freaky Friday actress do not believe the 24-year-old suffers from drug or psychiatric problems that were previously diagnosed.

Celebrity news website Radaronline.com said the actress was escorted out of the Los Angeles hospital unit's back door into a waiting limousine yesterday afternoon, while TMZ.com said Lohan was to receive outpatient care from now on.

A court hearing was scheduled to take place today but Lohan was not expected to attend.



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Lohan was also released early from jail earlier this month after serving 13 days of a 90-day sentence for violating her probation in a 2007 drunk driving and cocaine possession charge. She was released on the grounds of good behaviour and also to help alleviate overcrowding. She immediately entered a residential rehab programme for a 90-day stint ordered by the court.

But the prosecutor in her case said two weeks ago that health care professionals were likely to recommend an early release for Lohan.

It was reported that doctors believe Lohan was wrongly diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, for which she has been taking medication for several years.

TMZ said she was also incorrectly diagnosed more recently with bipolar disorder.

Lohan admitted in 2007 that she was addicted to alcohol and drugs, and went to rehab three times. She was ordered to wear an alcohol monitoring anklet in May this year and was jailed for missing multiple alcohol education classes.

The career of the once promising actress has foundered in the past three years, with Lohan hitting the headlines repeatedly for nights on the town and bizarre behaviour.

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