Politics and Hollywood had a strange run-in in New York City early Sunday, when actress Lindsay Lohan and Christian LaBella, a staffer for Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), tussled over cell phone photos of Lohan. The actress and LaBella met at some trendy nightclubs, and Lohan invited him back to her room at the W Hotel at Union Square, along with some old friends. The trouble reportedly started when Lohan started looking through LaBella's phone and discovered photos of her from earlier in the night, which he had been emailing to friends. Lohan claims LaBella demanded the phone back, threw her on the bed, and after she and pal Claus Hjelmbak fled and ran into him in the stairwell, choked her from behind until Hjelmbak pulled him off. Police responded after Lohan pulled the fire alarm, and they arrested LaBella for assault. The charges were dropped, and he and Lohan are suing each other for harassment. Shimkus' office wants no part in LaBella's drama: "Obviously, the congressman does not condone his actions," his office said in a statement.
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