Staffer in Lohan dispute: Clinic threatened me

The dispute between Lindsay Lohan and ex-Betty Ford Center staffer Dawn Holland is getting uglier.

Keith Davidson, Holland's attorney, told TMZ.com Wednesday that the Southern California substance-abuse center pressured Holland not to file charges against Lohan for a Dec. 12 altercation. Holland said the "Mean Girls" star smelled of alcohol, refused a breath test and became verbally and physically abusive, leading to police opening a misdemeanor battery investigation.

"Ms. Holland was immediately targeted, unmercifully interrogated, intimidated and threatened with her livelihood unless she conformed to the immoral and unethical requests of the clinic," Davidson said.

Center spokesman Russ Patrick told The Desert Sun newspaper that Holland was fired for granting an interview with TMZ.com Tuesday that violated patient confidentiality, as well as for "disclosing a privileged document."

TMZ has posted Holland's incident report, in which she states she and other techs witnessed Lohan and two other patients sneaking in past curfew following a permitted night away from their sober-house facility.

Lohan, 24, told family and friends she only had a nonalcoholic drink, according to TMZ, and asked for a breath test, which Holland refused to administer. Holland's report says Lohan had spoken on the phone with mother/manager Dina Lohan, who advised Lohan not to have the alcohol-detecting test.

Dina Lohan responded to Newsday's request for comment with an e-mail suggesting she was unaware of Holland's claim in the report.

Lohan's attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, said in a statement: "It should be noted . . . that it was Ms. Lohan who called 911 to request police assistance at the time this incident occurred."

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