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Lindsay Lohan barred from fabled Hollywood hotel

LOS ANGELES - Perennially troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has been barred from a storied Hollywood hotel for failing to pay more than US$46,000 (S$58,000) in bills, a leaked letter from the manager showed Wednesday.

The bills racked up at the Chateau Marmont - where John Belushi died from an overdose in 1982 - included US$3,145.07 in mini-bar charges for 47 days spent there in June and July, celebrity news website TMZ reported.

The actress, who was shooting a TV film about the romance between Hollywood legends Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, also spent US$686 on cigarettes during her stay, buying 49 packs at US$14 dollars each.

"I regret to inform you that we will no longer be able to extend any further credit for you to remain in the hotel," wrote manager Philip Pavel in a letter dated July 31.

"Furthermore until we get the matter of your outstanding debt paid, know that we will be unable to host you on property or in the restaurant," he added in the letter, published by TMZ.

TMZ said Lohan had told friends that she expected producers of "Liz and Dick" to pay the bill, and was shocked to be banned from the hotel. The producers, Lifetime, did not immediately comment.

The hotel, which has seen dramas involving everyone from Jim Morrison to F. Scott Fitzgerald over the decades, voiced regret that the matter had become public - but said it believed the letter was leaked by Lohan's people.

"Chateau Marmont places guest privacy as a core value and upholds this privacy with paramount importance," said a management statement emailed to AFP.

"After investigation, it appears that a private correspondence between Chateau Marmont's general manager and Miss Lohan was leaked by a member of her entourage.

"We are as horrified, disappointed and troubled by this occurrence as Miss Lohan surely is. Obviously, this is a private matter between one of our guests and the hotel and we will continue to treat it as such."

A spokesman for Lohan, Steve Honig, declined to comment.

Lohan has in recent months started to put her life back on track following years of legal and other problems.

After a promising early start as a child actress, the star of "The Parent Trap" and "Freaky Friday" became known chiefly as a hell-raising celebrity with substance abuse problems and frequent brushes with the law.

In March, a Los Angeles judge formally ended Lohan's probation after a long string of court appearances, but told her to "stop the nightclubbing" and behave more maturely.

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