An attorney for a paparazzo wants a judge to order Lindsay Lohan to appear for a deposition in his client's lawsuit, saying the "Mean Girls" star was in Los Angeles last week even though her attorney said believed she was out of state.
Plaintiff Grigor Balyan alleges the 26-year-old Lohan's driver, Paola Demara, ran into him in Hollywood two years ago as he was taking photographs of the actress. He is claiming medical expenses of about $16,500.
Lawyer Neil Steiner, on behalf of Balyan, filed court papers Feb. 1 with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald Sohigian stating that he had served notice to the actress' lawyers in December asking that she be made available for a deposition on Jan. 31.
Lohan's lawyers replied on Jan. 30 that it was their "understanding" that Lohan was "out of the state," Steiner's court papers state.
Steiner says the information about Lohan not being in California at the time was inaccurate. In his court papers, he states that Lohan was in a Los Angeles courtroom Jan. 30 to face a judge regarding criminal allegations stemming from a car crash last year.
"Rather, as was apparent to anyone watching Los Angeles local news on Jan. 30 (Lohan) was in Los Angeles to make an appearance for her pretrial hearing on three misdemeanor charges involving a motor vehicle accident on Pacific Coast Highway in June," Steiner's court papers state.
Steiner says that therefore Lohan could have attended her deposition the next day after all.
"As it appears that (Lohan) is simply playing games, including making misrepresentations to plaintiff's counsel concerning her scheduling issues, an order compelling (her) to appear for deposition is necessary and must be compelled by this court," Steiner's court papers state.
Steiner also is seeking nearly $5,000 in attorneys' fees to compensate his client for having to bring the motion. A hearing is scheduled Feb. 26.
Balyan filed suit in January 2012. He has named both women and Lohan's company, Crossheart Productions Inc. He wants damages for lost wages, medical expenses, property damage and lost earning capacity.
Balyan alleges the car bumped and injured him on Jan. 10, 2010, outside a club on Cahuenga Boulevard in Los Angeles.