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Updated: January 1, 2013 6:26AM

Lindsay Lohan “truly flipped out and punched that woman for no good reason,” says an observer who watched it all go down at the Avenue nightclub in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood.

The “Liz & Dick” star was arrested early Thursday and charged with third-degree assault in the spat with Tiffany Eve Mitchell of West Palm Beach, Fla. After almost four hours in the police precinct, she left with a black jacket pulled over her head.

According to my source and other observers on the scene, Mitchell did not initiate the confrontation with the actress.

A second source at the club told this column, “Lindsay apparently didn’t like the way the woman and her husband — plus the couple who were with them — were looking at her” as they sat in another booth in the club’s VIP section.

“Lindsay clearly thought they were staring at her, laughing and mocking her. … She supposedly heard a crack about her Liz Taylor movie, and you could see her just get all steamed up.”

According to several witnesses, Lohan approached the woman and told her to “get out of my face,” and then returned to her table. At some point shortly afterward, Mitchell walked by Lohan and appeared to accidentally bump into the actress — and that’s when she reportedly got belted in the kisser.

Mitchell did not require any medical attention.

† In other bad news for Lohan on Thursday, Santa Monica, Calif., authorities finally charged her with three criminal indictments connected to that car accident last June — when she rammed her Porsche into a semi. Those charges include lying to a police officer (for allegedly saying she wasn’t at the wheel), obstructing or resisting an officer in the performance of his duty, and reckless driving.

† All of this may lead to Lohan’s probation being revoked and likely could send her back to jail. No wonder she was overheard pleading with the New York Police officers called to the nightclub early Thursday — begging them not to arrest her. “This will be the end of me,” she was quoted as saying.

No kidding.

MAKING MUSIC: Leave to the always creative Quentin Tarantino to add yet another intriguing twist to the soundtrack for his upcoming “Django Unchained,” starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson — which already is getting big Oscar buzz. Turns out Tarantino has added recordings from some of his old vinyl albums — just as they are today. In a statement, the filmmaker explained it’s “complete with all the pops and cracks. … I even kept the sound of the needle being put down on the record. Basically, I wanted people’s experience to be the same as mine when they hear this soundtrack for the first time.”

† Tarantino is including tracks from late greats James Brown and Tupac Shakur and had “Django Unchained” star Foxx do some vocals, plus there’s some new music written specifically for the soundtrack by John Legend.

‘IDOL’ CHATTER: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler has responded to his “American Idol” judging successor Nicki Minaj’s tweet calling his criticism of her “racist.” Tyler did apologize if Minaj took his comments as being racist, though the rock legend told Canadian TV that would be the furthest thing from who he is as a person.

The brouhaha started when Tyler was quoted as saying if Bob Dylan were a contestant facing the new “Idol” panel, “Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield.” That led Minaj to angrily tweet that Tyler’s crack was racially motivated. Now down in Australia, promoting her new album, Minaj hadn’t responded to Tyler’s latest comments as of Thursday afternoon.

STILL JONESING: Apparently, there’s continuing anxiety swirling around Angus T. Jones in the wake of his negative comments about his “Two and a Half Men” show. I’m hearing several family members — including his mom, Carey Jones — not only believe he’s been “brainwashed” by Forerunner Chronicles online preacher Christopher Hudson, but that this whole episode could destroy his promising acting career. “Angus’ family really wants him to see a counselor. He’s refused so far, but they seriously think he needs to be deprogrammed,” said a major Hollywood player very close to the situation, adding, “It’s unclear if Hudson has received any money from Angus, but that’s being looked into.”

Hudson himself has denied he’s made any financial gain from his association with the young actor.

GOING ‘UNDERCOVER’: There’s something of a local connection to the “Undercover Boss” episode airing Dec. 7 on CBS. The show will feature Steve Greenbaum, the CEO and co-founder of PostNet, the fast-growing design, printing, copying and shipping franchise — now with more than 700 locations in nine countries and 39 states, including Illinois.

Greenbaum grew up on Chicago’s North Side and attended Sullivan High School before dropping out and moving out of state. In the episode, Greenbaum admits while his kids were still in school, he never wanted them to know he never graduated from high school.

BEATLES SALE: The prestigious London auction house of Bonhams has scheduled a big sale from the estate of George Harrison — including more than 100 lots of Beatles memorabilia. Among the items in the Dec. 12 auction will be Harrison’s famous Cavern Club leather jacket from his Hamburg, Germany, era in 1960, a pair of Harrison’s “Beatle boots,” a western-style shirt worn during the landmark “Concert for Bangladesh” in 1971 and a guitar used by Paul McCartney in the 1950s, when he was a member of the pre-Beatles group the Quarrymen.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Who knew? Fans of the Who were thrilled to see Roger Daltrey lunching at RL Wednesday. … Mark Cuban — known as much now for “Shark Tank” as for his $$$ interests — hung out at River North’s beer-centric eatery Public House on Tuesday night. … Yes, that was Zack Bowman of the Bears spotted at the Arrow on Ogden, near the United Center.

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