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Lindsay Lohan says no, no, no to rehab in a plea bargain deal

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Lindsay Lohan attends the amfAR New York Gala to kick off Fall 2013 Fashion Week at Cipriani Wall Street on February 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week) ORG XMIT: 160916549

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Updated: March 1, 2013 10:18AM

News that Lindsay Lohan is willing to take her chances in a trial — refusing to accept a long stint in rehab as part of a plea bargain deal — upsets a close Lohan associate of the past few years.

“Lindsay, Lindsay, Lindsay! You never learn from your mistakes,” said the LiLo loyalist Thursday. “This is a big mistake.”

Lohan reportedly believes she can prove her innocence in the case, in which she’s charged with lying to the police following a June car crash and violating her probation in a previous theft case as a result.

If found guilty, Lohan could face up to 245 days in jail. The trial is scheduled to start March 18.

There also are concerns that the actress may not be listening to her new attorney,

Mark Heller, who appears to be working diligently to craft a deal for Lohan with both the Santa Monica and Los Angeles prosecutors involved in the case.

According to TMZ, the prosecutors are being very firm about Lohan spending a significant amoung of time in a residential rehab facility — as an alternative to her going to jail. “That’s the sticking point,” said the source. “After her earlier unsuccessful rehab experiences, Lindsay doesn’t want to go back. … Plus she doesn’t think she needs it.

“Of course, she does. She just isn’t facing reality.”

STARS IN TOWN: There was a plenty of Hollywood star power in Chicago on Thursday as Halle Berry and Morris Chestnut hit town to promote their new film, “The Call,” opening March 15.In the thriller, Berry plays a 911 operator dealing with a murderous kidnapper not once but twice. In a chat with this column, the Oscar winner candidly said making the movie intensified her already strong feelings when it comes to protecting her daughter,


“I already had many concerns about her safety,” said Berry, “But you can’t help but become even more aware after working on a film like this. … And it will be important for her to be on her guard on how to protect herself in the future.”The actress made it clear that those issues of safety effect

every parent — famous or not. “Unfortunately, that is just part of living in a world where there are some very disturbed people.”

On a lighter note, Chestnut smiled broadly when asked about filming a romantic scene with Berry in “The Call.” Often those scenes are not very sexy when actors are surrounded by crew members on a movie set.

“However, when you have a scene like that with Halle Berry, you don’t notice anyone else being there — just Halle Berry,” Chestnut quipped.

FAMILY MATTERS: While Bobby Brown’s daughter Bobbi Kristina hopes her dad finally gets sober — for good — during his latest DUI conviction, I’m hearing the late Whitney Houston’s only child is pretty doubtful it will happen.

“Bobbi Kristina just isn’t convinced,” said a Houston family friend, talking about the frequently estranged father and daughter. “But if he pulls it off, then she’ll be there for him.”

Brown was sentenced earlier this week to 55 days in jail after pleading no contest to his latest DUI arrest last October. He is to surrender to the authorities March 20, but must attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week until then. After his release this spring, the R&B star will be on probation for four years and must complete an 18-month alcohol education program.

The singer’s October arrest for both the DUI and driving on a suspended license came only seven months after his previous DUI arrest.

While members of Janet Jackson’s family are said to be happy she is married to longtime beau Wissam Al Mana, I’m hearing the newlyweds likely won’t be spending a lot of time attending Jackson family reunions. “This family’s dynamics are complicated,” said a longtime close Jackson source. “Janet is very happy with Wissam and they are carving out their own life together, pretty separate from the rest of the family.”

GETTING HELP: Though Carrie Fisher reportedly has had her medications adjusted after experiencing a bizarre bipolar breakdown while working a cruise-ship gig last week, Hollywood friends say they are concerned.

The actress was performing on the Holland-America line’s Eurodam ship in the Caribbean. Guests assumed she was drunk when she slurred her words singing “Skylark,” while cleaning up after her dog’s “accident” on stage.

Her publicist later explained a bipolar disorder episode led to the incident.

“She’s been acting even stranger lately,” said a longtime friend. “Carrie’s always offbeat. That’s just who she is. But the past few months, it seems she’s more troubled than usual.”

CHICAGO ROOTS: Harrison Ford may not have lived in the Chicago area for 35 years, but the actor says he still has an affinity for his home town. Talking about his upcoming “42” film about Jackie Robinson (in which he plays Branch Rickey), Ford tells Michigan Avenue magazine, “I love Chicago. I love the energy of the place, the architecture, the people, the rigor of the place.”

Ford also has fond memories of his eclectic collection of summer jobs during his college years, including working on a boat in Burnham Park Harbor, in a Near North Side nightclub, and as “a manager at the first Crate & Barrel on Wells Street.”

POOCH POWER: Uggie, that scene-stealing Jack Russell terrier from the Oscar-winning “The Artist,” has been tapped to be the spokesdog for the Humane Society of the United States’ “Pets of Valor Award.”

The award celebrates the human-animal bond by honoring rescued or adopted dogs and cats who have exhibited extraordinary courage by helping a person in need. Nominations can be submitted to the HSUS until March 31 at Uggie will be part of the award ceremony June 2.

Bill Zwecker reports regularly on “Good Day Chicago” on WFLD-Channel 32.

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