Guy LiLo Tussled With? Congressional Staffer
Christian LaBella also has connections to Hollywood
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2012 9:00 AM CDT
In this May 9, 2012 photo, actress Lindsay Lohan poses at the A&E Networks 2012 Upfront at Lincoln Center in New York.   (AP Photo/Starpix, Kristina Bumphrey)

(Newser) – The guy who allegedly attacked Lindsay Lohan at a New York hotel over the weekend is a GOP congressional staffer, the New York Daily News reports. Christian LaBella, 25, works for Rep. John Shimkus, a Republican from Illinois. "Obviously, the congressman does not condone his actions," says a rep via email. LaBella is also the nephew of comedian Heather McDonald, who writes for Chelsea Handler's show. His now-defunct Facebook page featured pictures of him with politicians and celebrities alike, including Paul Ryan, Herman Cain, and Kim Kardashian.

Lohan met LaBella while out clubbing, and he returned with her and other friends to her hotel room around 4am. The trouble occurred around 6am, when Lindsay discovered dozens of pictures of herself partying—which he had been emailing to friends—on LaBella's phone. That's when, according to Lohan, LaBella got violent with her. "She’s very shaken up," Lohan mom Dina says. "Thank God he didn’t have a weapon." But LaBella's camp is firmly on his side, of course: "It’s shameful that a celebrity with a personal publicist can persecute a nice guy like Christian," his uncle says. "She’s using her celebrity to launch a full-scale witch hunt against him just to be relevant again."

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Oct 1, 2012 2:22 PM CDT
Shouldn't he security be collecting all phones at the door? Really, with these new phones having recording devices, no one has any real privacy. In about five years, when everyone has had a taste of being recorded at their worst, we will all begin to rethink this...
Oct 1, 2012 10:14 AM CDT
hey ll nice try but fail again get new pr guy fast!
Oct 1, 2012 9:16 AM CDT
Can't wait for this stupid b!tch to die already.