It might seem to some that poor Lindsay Lohan has been in prison forever - and a day! - but yesterday, the US actress was finally released from jail after serving more than two weeks of a 90-day sentence.
Lohan, 24, had entered the all-female Los Angeles jail on 20 July after violating her probation on a 2007 drunk-driving charge.
E! Online, the entertainment website, reported that Lohan had been set free during the early hours of Monday morning. She is now expected to begin an immediate 90-day rehab programme, which she will be 'forced' to attend for at least 14 days.
Inmates serving time for non-violent offences typically have their sentences reduced for good behaviour, but Lohan has had to endure her entire 14-day stretch inside with little or no hope of an early release, after the authorities refused to show leniency after she persistently offended with her drinking .
The Mean Girls actress spent 84 minutes at the same facility in 2007, but this latest jail term is the longest, by far, that she has spent in confinement.
Lohan's release from the Century Regional Detention Facility to the south of Los Angeles was witnessed by fans who had waited outside the jail since 20 July.
At her daylight release, some of those fans gasped in horror at her appearance. One said she looked "pale, frail and frightened, and shielded her eyes from the sun's rays".
Another mug told us:
"It was the first time that Lindsay had seen the sun for 14 days, and that can play Hell with your eyesight."