Lindsay Lohan clutched a Koran in her hands as she exited the Duffield Children’s Center in Brooklyn Wednesday, where she is completing her court-ordered community service requirement.
According to the Daily Mail, the actress – who was reportedly raised as a Catholic – was photographed holding the Muslim holy book after finishing her first day of work at the community center, for which she reportedly arrived two hours late.
Lohan has a history of exploring other religions; at the height of her Mean Girls fame, the actress was frequently photographed wearing a red string around her wrist, a symbol of Kabbalah which is supposed to ward off evil spirits.
In 2012, Courtney Love told Access Hollywood that Lohan had joined her Buddhist chanting group.
“I’m a very spiritual person and I’ve become more spiritual as time has gone on,” the actress told Oprah Winfrey in a 2013 tell-all interview. “I’m really in touch, whether it’s prayer or meditation… there are so many powers greater than me in the world. I’ve been blessed and lucky enough to have been given a gift to share with other people.”
Lohan was ordered to complete 125 hours of community service following a 2012 car crash in Los Angeles, in which she pleaded guilty to reckless driving and lying to a police officer. The actresses’ community service must be completed by the end of May or she could be ordered to return to jail, which means Lohan will begin working eight-hour days at the children’s center beginning Thursday.
On Tuesday, the Duffield Children’s Center issued a letter to parents, warning them that Lohan was going to be spending time with their kids.
“Ms. Lohan has asked to return to complete her community services and may be placed in a classroom with your child,” the letter to parents read, according to the New York Post. “As with any volunteer, this would be under constant supervision from the classroom teacher and Duffield staff. Please know that all requirements for this volunteer work will be met, prior to her entering the classroom. Furthermore, volunteers are never left alone with children.”
“As long as she doesn’t come here under the influence, I’m fine with it,” Della Clark, whose granddaughter attends the center, told the Post. “I hope she comes here to do something nice for the children.”