Updated: November 2, 2012 6:17AM
What first sounded like Lindsay Lohan being manhandled by a guy — angry she was trying to erase photos he’d snapped of her — got more complicated Sunday.
It turns out the guy is Christian LaBella, a Washington-based aide to Rep. John Shimkus, a Republican from Downstate Illinois. According to a source close to Lohan, the long-troubled actress had invited LaBella back to her W Hotel room in New York after meeting him at a popular nightclub, 1Oak.
When LiLo realized LaBella had been snapping shots of her with his cellphone, she grabbed the phone and tried to delete the photos. That allegedly led LaBella to grab Lohan and push her down on the bed. The actress’ scream brought other friends into her suite’s bedroom. Lohan pulled the fire alarm and LaBella ran out — exiting via the hotel’s stairwell, as the fire alarm disabled the elevators.
He was apprehended by the cops and booked on two charges of assault and harassment.
However, after both Lohan and LaBella recounted their stories to the New York Police — and Lohan was seen not to be physically injured — the more serious assault charges were dropped against LaBella, and he and Lohan filed harassment complaints against each other. Those are both very minor infractions and will not require either party to appear in court, an NYPD spokesman said Sunday.
As for Shimkus, his office confirmed LaBella is an employee but stressed that “obviously the congressman does not condone his actions.”
A check of LaBella’s Facebook page makes clear the 25-year-old is into celebrities, having posted photos of himself with everyone from Kim Kardashian and her mom, Kris Jenner, to a number of GOP politicians, including the Republican vice presidential nominee, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan. LaBella also a nephew of comedian Heather McDonald, a regular on Chelsea Handler’s late-night talk show.
† After having no scrapes with the law in a while, Lohan again has been making headlines the past few weeks. She was charged Sept. 19 with leaving the scene of an accident after slightly hitting a man with a borrowed Porsche outside a New York nightclub. It should be noted that Lohan still is on probation from that necklace-theft case in California.
HOW TIMES CHANGE: It wasn’t long ago that Al Gore was a central player in both presidential and vice presidential debates — first as Bill Clinton’s running mate in ’92 and ’96 and as he ran for the top job himself in 2000.
Now, Gore will be anchoring the coverage of the first 2012 debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney Wednesday night for Current TV, the network Gore co-founded in 2005. The former vice president did similar duty for both the GOP and Democratic conventions last month.
STAR POWER: The red carpet will be rolled out Tuesday night as “Chicago Fire” stars and series creator Dick Wolf attend a premiere of the new NBC drama at the Chicago History Museum. Among the actors expected are Taylor Kinney, Jesse Spencer, Eamonn Walker, Monica Raymund, Lauren German, David Eigenberg, Charlie Barnett and Teri Reeves.
SADLY OVERLOOKED: In the midst of those shocking headlines about “Sons of Anarchy” actor Johnny Lewis allegedly killing his landlady last week in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighborhood — before dying himself in a fall from the roof of the woman’s house — little was reported about her. Turns out the very maternal Catherine Davis, 81, was beloved by many up-and-coming actors, to whom she rented rooms in her home over the years. Among those who were encouraged by Davis over the years, long before they found fame, were Val Kilmer, actor and comic Taylor Negron, Parker Posey, Thomas Jane, Paula Poundstone and Chris Parnell.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Koren Grieveson, who until recently was a top chef at the popular Avec here, has moved to New York to live with galpal and Food Network star Anne Burrell.
RENEWAL REASON? According to a couple of people close to Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, the actress finally was able to win back her longtime love and “Twilight” co-star by convincing him of something pretty critical. Supposedly, Stewart told Pattinson that she never slept with director Rupert Sanders — and was only guilty of smooching with the guy.
OUCH! Here’s hoping former Chicago resident Danny Bonaduce is on the mend. The veteran entertainer — now a DJ on a Seattle radio station — was minding his own business when a woman approached him in a Washington casino.
She asked if she could kiss him, since she was such a fan of Bonaduce’s childhood starring role on “The Partridge Family.” But as he tells it, instead of planting a nice peck on his cheek, the woman chomped down hard and injured Bonaduce’s face.
Fortunately, Bonaduce is said to be responding well to antibiodics for his injury.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: While here for the Ryder Cup festivities, Olympian Michael Phelps was spotted hanging out at Bull & Bear in River North. … Taking a break from rehearsals for “Kinky Boots” (for which she has penned the music and lyrics), Cyndi Lauper slipped into Hub 51 for a quick sushi dinner with architect/designer David Rockwell. The new show goes into previews
this week, with its pre-Broadway world premiere scheduled for Oct. 17. … Eagle-eyed Blackhawks fans spied head coach Joel Quenneville dining Saturday at Joe’s Stone Crab, the same night pro alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn was seen checking out the scene at Studio Paris.
Bill Zwecker reports regularly on WFLD-Channel 32.