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Lohan mess puts rehab centers into spotlight

By ANTHONY McCARTNEY
December 23, 2010

Lindsay Lohan is shown in court in Beverly Hills, Calif. Lohan is being investigated for possible misdemeanor battery against a female staffer at a rehab facility where she is receiving treatment. Deputy Herlinda Valenzuela with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department says deputies responded to a Betty Ford Center facility on Dec. 12 for an incident involving Lohan. (AP Photo/Al Seib, file)

An early morning spat between Lindsay Lohan and a rehab worker isn’t just going to bring renewed scrutiny to the actress, but to the facility where she is being treated as well.

The California Department of Public Health says it is conducting an investigation at the Betty Ford Center, which is supervising Lohan’s court-ordered rehab. The agency, however, won’t say whether its inquiry is directly related to the dustup between the “Mean Girls” star and a worker who was later fired for giving an on-camera interview to celebrity website TMZ. Lohan remains under investigation for misdemeanor battery.

Experts say the interview appears to violate state and federal medical privacy laws.

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