Claus Hjelmbak, a celebrity booker who witnessed the altercation between Lindsay Lohan and Christian LaBella at the W Hotel Union Square, weighed in on the scuffle that led to both parties filing harassment complaints against each other. "I was right there when Ms. Lohan was being choked and attacked," he told The Cut.
Christian, who's working for Republican Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois, was arrested and initially charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault and two counts of harassment. His arrest was later voided and the charges against him were dropped. "It concerns me if this man is not going to be held accountable for his actions," Claus said.
The celebrity booker, who once worked with Britney Spears, added, "It has come to my attention that he has posed with other celebrities and politicians - I'm just afraid that there's some kind of obsession. I'm concerned with Ms. Lohan's safety, with him making that much of an effort to insert himself in her circles."
According to Claus, Christian was introduced to LiLo's group as "acquaintance of Lindsay's other acquaintances." He didn't blame LiLo for grabbing Chris' cellphone when finding out he took pictures of her without her consent. "I would panic if somebody was documenting my night and e-mailing them outside," he said.
Asked why LiLo often found herself in unfortunate situations that eventually put her in a negative light on the media, Claus explained, "Well, it's almost like no matter what people say and do, they will believe them because Lindsay has had some unfortunate things happen in the past."