Lindsay Lohan assaulted in her hotel room
Lindsay Lohan has accused a Republican Party staff member of assaulting her at a five-star New York hotel last night. Christian LaBella, 25, works for Illinois congressman John Shimkus and has been photographed with vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan. LaBella was accused of harassment after allegedly getting in a tussle with Ms Lohan at the W Hotel in Manhattan’s Union Square, when he is said to have punched her after she demanded he delete cellphone photos of her. But he will not face any criminal charges, to the fury of the actress, who apparently regards the fact that LaBella has escaped punishment as ‘distressing and outrageous’. The 26-year-old actress was involved in an altercation with LaBella after meeting him at a nightclub before bringing him back to her room where a group of her friends was present, according to NBC News 4. An argument between Lohan and LaBella is believed to have stemmed over photos he took of the actress on his mobile phone while at the hotel. Lohan’s publicist Steve Honig issued a statement later on Sunday confirming: ‘Lindsay was assaulted early this morning in a New York hotel. While she did sustain some injuries, she was not hospitalised. ‘The assailant was arrested and is currently in police custody. Lindsay has spoken with police and is fully cooperating with the investigation.’ Law enforcement officials interviewed both Lohan and LaBella and determined the accusations against him could not be substantiated. They said his arrest would be voided. An NYPD spokesman told MailOnline that both parties have filed harassment claims against each other. LaBella has his own connections to the famous and powerful – his aunt is comedian Heather McDonald, and he is employed as a staffer for Illinois GOP congressman John Shimkus. On his Facebook page, he has posted images of himself posing with high-profile figures such as Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan and former presidential candidate Herman Cain. He has also met reality superstar Kim Kardashian and her mother Kris Jenner in another encounter pictured on his Facebook profile. Lohan reportedly met the suspect at Manhattan’s popular 1OAK nightclub in the city’s Chelsea district. She is said to have later taken him to her room on the 15th floor of the nearby W Hotel. According to NBC New York, the actress saw photos of herself on LaBella’s phone at approximately 4.30am and confronted him about the images. The website, citing police sources, reports: ‘LaBella then threw her on the bed causing scratches on her hands.’ Lohan is believed to have run out of the room before returning a short time later, at which point she told police he choked her, threw her to the ground and climbed on top of her. A friend of the actress is believed to have pulled LaBella off Lohan, who then pulled the fire alarm for help, according to NBC. LaBella, originally from Woodlands Hill, California but now based in Washington DC, was later apprehended by police who filed a report on the alleged assault.