By Kate Ward
Updated December 21, 2010 at 05:09 PM EST

Image Credit: Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage.comA rep from the Palm Desert Police Department confirmed to EW that Lindsay Lohan is a suspect in a criminal battery case. According to police, an altercation between the actress and “a female adult” took place in Palm Desert, Calif., near the Betty Ford Center — where Lohan has been seeking treatment — on Dec. 12. The victim plans to prosecute, and though no arrests were made at the scene, the incident is being investigated as a misdemeanor. After police authorities complete the ongoing investigation, the District Attorney’s Office will determine whether or not to press charges. UPDATE: Lohan’s lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, issued the following statement: “At this time, we are declining to comment on the underlying facts surrounding this incident, as we await the completion of the police investigation. It should be noted, however, that it was Ms. Lohan who called 911 to request police assistance at the time this incident occurred.”

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