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The woman allegedly hit by Lindsay Lohan claims she was called a “f***ing gypsy” by the star.

The 26-year-old actress was arrested after allegedly hitting psychic Tiffany Mitchell during an argument at Avenue nightclub in New York in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Mitchell says Lindsay attacked her verbally and physically just because she offered her a psychic reading.

She told gossip website TMZ that she had a premonition about the troubled ‘Liz & Dick’ star and offered her a free reading but Lindsay declined saying ‘Give me my space’.

Mitchell's friend then allegedly heard the actress call the psychic a “f***ing gypsy” and started insulting Lindsay who lashed out and hit Mitchell.

Mitchell's husband said: "We are not Gypsies. That has nothing to do with our religion ... it was a racist comment.

"Just because your career went down the drain and your new movie sucks, you can't go around beating people up."

The star has also been charged with crimes in Los Angeles, marking her latest setbacks as she tries to revive her career and avoid a return to jail.

Prosecutors in Santa Monica charged Lohan with three misdemeanours related to a June accident. Hours earlier, the actress was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, also a misdemeanour, after the alleged incident at the New York nightclub.

The California charges came about six months after Lohan’s Porsche crashed into the back of a dump truck. She told police her assistant was driving, but detectives now believe the actress was behind the wheel as she headed to a movie set.

In that case, Lohan, 26, was charged with lying to police, reckless driving and obstructing a police officer from performing duties.

Lohan’s California lawyer, Shawn Holley, said she could not comment on the crash-related charges.

In New York, her lawyer Mark Heller said he expects the assault charge to be dismissed.

“Once again, Lindsay Lohan is a victim of someone trying to capture their 15 minutes of fame,” Heller wrote in a statement.

“From my initial investigation, I am completely confident that this case will be concluded favourably and that Lindsay will be totally exonerated.”

The California charges could trigger another probation violation for Lohan, who was ordered to stay out of trouble when she was released from supervised probation in March after being convicted of the misdemeanour theft of a necklace and two DUI charges.

Since then she has been arrested twice in New York, crashed her car on the Pacific Coast Highway, been treated by paramedics in her hotel room, and gotten in an argument with her mother that prompted an emergency services call.

None of the events are likely what the clearly relieved actress anticipated in March when she thanked Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner, who warned the actress that she could face up to 245 days in jail if she violated her probation again.

“You need to live your life in a more mature way, stop the nightclubbing and focus on your work,” Sautner said.

Meanwhile, Dr Phil has rushed to defend Lindsay but acknowledged she should be more careful when she is out.

He told Access Hollywood: “I mean, come on. You’re in a target rich environment for trouble if you’re out at 4am in a club when people get drunk. Bad things are going to happen.

Lindsay Lohan is escorted from the 10th Precinct police station, with her face shielded. Picture: AP

“I’m actually a fan of Lindsay. I think she’s very talented, she’s been on my show before, she was a delightful young woman when she was there. She showed up on time, she did everything she was asked to do, she was nice to the staff and she was terrific to work with.

“I think she’s got a lot going for her but is making bad decisions.”

The actress was involved in a New York City police investigation in September. She alleged a man had assaulted her in a New York hotel, but charges against the man were later dropped.

In recent years, Lohan has been sentenced to the Los Angeles-area women’s jail five times. Most of her stays have been short because of overcrowding, and she was allowed to serve 35 days on house arrest in 2011.

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