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Judge to allow videotaping of Lohan's deposition in lawsuit over car crash

Lindsay Lohan won't be able to avoid a videotaping any more.

A judge on Tuesday said he would allow the videotaping of Lohan's deposition in a lawsuit over a car crash in Beverly Hills that injured a busboy.

Raymundo Ortega alleges that Lohan drove her Mercedes-Benz into a van he was driving in October 2005 after she drank alcohol and later tried to escape paparazzi.

A California Highway Patrol investigation concluded that Ortega caused the crash by making an illegal U-turn.

Lohan attorney David J. Ozeran argued in a motion that a leak of the videotape could hurt his client's career much more than the $200,000 (135,620 EUR) damages that Ortega is seeking.

Videotaped depositions are fairly common in civil cases. But Ozeran wrote that the real purpose of videotaping the 21-year-old actress is to annoy and worry her.

"If a single picture of Ms. Lohan can sell for thousands of dollars," he wrote, "a videotape of the deposition will undoubtedly sell for tens of thousands of dollars, or more."

Superior Court Judge Michael L. Stern rejected the motion.

Lohan was not in court.

She served 84 minutes in jail Nov. 15 as part of a plea deal on misdemeanor drunken driving and cocaine possession charges stemming from two arrests that were unrelated to the crash that prompted the lawsuit.

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