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Clinician: Lohan was drinking before scuffle

A former staffer at the Betty Ford Center is speaking out about her altercation with Lindsay Lohan.

Dawn Holland, who worked at the center as a chemical-dependency technician, told TMZ.com late yesterday that a security person found Lohan and two other patients trying to sneak in past curfew early Dec. 12.

"She had alcohol on her breath," Holland said, and was the only one of the three to refuse a breath test.

Lohan pushed her, Holland said, then called police on a house phone, handed it to Holland and "tried to snatch the phone" back. "She just grabbed my wrist . . . and twisted my arm and my hand to get the phone." Emergency-room doctors later found a severe strain, she said, and she had since been out on a workmen's compensation claim.

Shortly after her interview Tuesday, however, RadarOnline reported that Holland had been terminated from her position.

"[It was] due to breach of patient confidentiality because I did an interview with TMZ," she said.

She also admitted to having been paid at least $10,000 by TMZ for the interview and photos of her injuries. According to the joint Riverside County Sheriff's Department and Palm Desert Police Department, the altercation took place about 1 a.m. Dec. 12 at a Center-affiliated sober house in Palm Desert, Calif.

"The incident involved Lindsay Lohan and another female adult . . . " the statement said. "Lohan was reported as the suspect in the investigation. The victim desired prosecution."

Lohan's father, Michael Lohan, told RadarOnline that Holland "was targeting her. She told Lindsay, 'You've got to come in,' and grabbed Lindsay by the arm. Lindsay said, 'Get your hands off me' and this woman didn't even call Betty Ford administrators; she just called the police."

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