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OJ lawyer to help Lindsay get back on track after jail

Lindsay Lohan has moved to a substance abuse facility and signed legal papers hiring celebrity lawyer Robert Shapiro to represent her as she prepares to head to jail for violating probation in a 2007 drug case.

Shapiro, a key figure on OJ Simpson's legal "dream team" in 1995, confirmed Lohan was staying at Pickford Lofts, a treatment centre he founded after his son died of a drug overdose.

Shapiro said yesterday he had agreed to represent Lohan only if she does her jail time and complies with the terms of her probation. He said he would help her get treatment to accomplish long-term recovery.

"Ms Lohan is suffering from a disease that I am all too familiar with," said Shapiro, whose son Brent died in 2005. "Hopefully I can be of assistance."

Lohan is scheduled to begin a 90-day sentence on Tuesday.

In representing the 24-year-old actress, Shapiro replaces Shawn Chapman Holley, who resigned after saying Lohan's sentence was harsh and unfair. Shapiro filed papers in court signed by Lohan substituting him as her counsel.

Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail after a judge determined she violated her probation by missing seven weekly alcohol education classes.