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VIDEO: Lindsay Lohan Calls Jail A 'Wake-Up Call'; 'Pleads The Fifth' On Dad Michael


Apr. 27 2011, Published 1:30 p.m. ET

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That's one way to get a standing ovation.

Lindsay Lohan received a warm welcome as she made a surprise visit to The Tonight Show on Tuesday, and while she opened up to host Jay Leno about her well-publicized legal troubles, there was one thing she wouldn't talk about -- her controversial father Michael.

The Mean Girls star, 24, first broke the ice by confirming her role in the upcoming film, Gotti: Three Generations, alongside John Travolta.

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"I'm very excited to be working with the people I'll be working with," she said, noting that she actually met the real John Gotti when she was 3-years-old.

"That's bad, hanging out with John Gotti when you're three,” Leno said. “That could be why you're in so much trouble!"

Then it got a little bit heavy: Leno asked Lohan about her string of legal troubles.

"I think being young and being in the position I was in, you don't really take the time to appreciate what you have, and it is all a kind of whirlwind and people make decisions for you," she told Leno. "But I am not a kid anymore. I am 24.

“I have made a lot of mistakes and I recognize that, but I am in the clear now and I feel like, as long as I stay focused, I will be able to achieve what I want to achieve."

Lohan last week was sentenced to 120 days in jail, in connection with a probation violation for taking a  $2,5000 necklace from a Venice Beach jeweler. Her attorney Shawn Holley appealed the sentence, and LiLo was released on $75,000 bail five hours later. 

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While she stayed mum about the details of her current court issues, she said, "I'm a big girl and I'm gonna do what I'm told to do ... I think I was treated the way I should be treated."

She called her stint behind bars last week “an interesting experience” and “a wake-up call.”

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Leno asked LiLo about her father Michael, prompting an uncomfortable silence.

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“Am I supposed to respond?” Lindsay said. “I plead the fifth on that.”

Lohan admitted she "let a lot of my fans down by putting myself in situations when I was young and wasn't thinking clearly.

“But as long as I stay focused, then I will be able to achieve what I want to achieve."

Asked where she wants to be by the time she turns 30, Lohan told Leno, "Hopefully sitting here after I've won an Oscar -- that would be ideal -- work, work, work!”



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