Actress Lindsay Lohan was arrested early Wednesday outside a Meatpacking District nightspot, accused of leaving the scene of an accident after she hit a pedestrian, causing a knee injury, NYPD officials said.
There was no indication that Lohan had been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and the charge did not result in her being jailed, police said.
Her publicist, Steve Honig, downplayed the seriousness of the incident.
"While some of the facts are still being gathered, it appears that this is much ado about nothing," he said. "We are confident this matter will be cleared up in the coming weeks and the claims being made against Lindsay will be proven untrue."
She had been at the wheel of a black 2010 Porsche Cayenne sport utility vehicle en route to Dream Downtown, a 315-room luxury Manhattan hotel near the Hudson River, officials said. Two men, whose names were not made public by the police, were in the SUV with her, they said.
The police said she was driving down a ramp or alley between the Maritime Hotel and the Dream Downtown, at 355 W. 16th St., near Ninth Avenue.
As she neared the hotel entrance, police said she hit the pedestrian, a 34-year-old man, and did not stop until she reached Dream Downtown a short distance away. One of her male passengers got out of the Porsche and went back to talk to the man, who complained of knee pain, police said.
About a half-hour later, at 2:25 a.m., Lohan emerged from the hotel and returned to her car, where she was arrested, police said.
With Igor Kossov and Frank Lovece