The latest Lindsay Lohan drama unfolds in a Beverly Hills, California, courtroom Thursday morning without its leading lady.
Lohan will miss a mandatory court hearing because the actress-singer lost her passport while on a trip to the Cannes Film Festival in France this week, her lawyer said.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel must decide if Lohan's absence warrants sending the actress to jail, something she threatened last October if Lohan failed again to the probation requirements from a 2007 drunk driving conviction.
Judge Revel could issue a bench warrant for Lohan's arrest or she could allow Lohan to participate over the phone from Paris, where she is waiting for a new passport from the U.S. Embassy.
"It remains to be seen," Lohan attorney Shawn Chapman Holley said Wednesday.
The judge told Lohan last fall that although she wanted her to have her career, the actress could not "thumb your nose" at the court.
Lohan traveled to France this week to promote her newest movie role as the 1970s porn star Linda Lovelace. She missed her return flight from Paris Tuesday because she lost her U.S. passport, Holley said.
"I don't know if it was stolen or lost, misplaced," Holley said. "It's gone."
The purpose for Thursday's hearing is to determine if Lohan has been attending weekly alcohol counseling sessions ordered by Revel.
Holley said Lohan is in "substantial compliance" and that the counseling program director would be in court to tell the judge.
"Is it absolutely perfect in terms of her attendance? No, but it's actually better than most people in these classes," she said.
Though the judge said Lohan must attend one class a week, she did say she could ask for court permission to adjust the schedule for her work. Any travel beyond 21 days that would cause her to miss meetings must be approved by the court, Revels said.
Lohan was arrested twice in 2007 on charges of driving under the influence and in the second incident also was charged with cocaine possession.
The first arrest - in May - came after Lohan lost control of her Mercedes-Benz convertible and struck a curb in Beverly Hills.
Just two weeks after checking out of a Malibu drug and alcohol rehab facility, she was arrested again in July 2007 after a woman called Santa Monica police, saying Lohan was trying to run her down with a car.
Lohan was sentenced to three years of probation after she entered guilty and no-contest pleas to the charges.
Lohan's acting career, which started at age 10 on a soap opera, took off on the big screen a year later when she played identical twins in Disney's "The Parent Trap."