Troubled American actor Lindsay Lohan was photographed carrying a copy of the Quran after her first day of community service in Brooklyn, New York, on Wednesday.
The actress – who is of Irish and Italian heritage and was raised as a Catholic – held a hard copy of the Muslim holy book in her arm as she finished a day of office work at a children’s center. She reportedly arrived two hours late.
It comes as the 28-year-old embarks on an ’emotional detox’, giving up alcohol and dating.
The Quran prescribes a lifestyle free of alcohol for Muslims – though readers of the book do not necessarily subscribe to the religion.
It is not the first time Lindsay has shown an interest in other religions.
During the height of her fame as a teen star, she wore a Kabbalah red string bracelet, which wards off misfortune brought about by the ‘evil eye’.
She was also rumored to be attending Kabbalah classes, and in 2012 she reportedly joined Courtney Love’s Buddhist chanting group.
Last year, Lindsay described herself as a ‘very spiritual person’ in a docu-series with Oprah Winfrey.
Lindsay is in Brooklyn to start her court-ordered community service at the Duffield Children’s Center in the Fort Greene neighborhood, where she worked in April 2014 while filming a docu-series with Oprah.
She snuck in the back door of the community center Wednesday morning to avoid the reporters and fans who’d gathered to catch a glimpse of her.
Ivonne Lopez, the center’s early-childhood education director, emerged to confirm to the media Lindsay was inside the building.
She said she didn’t know the exact time that the troubled starlet showed up but said it was ‘early.’
‘Currently she’s doing administrative work and at some point she’ll have an opportunity to engage with the children,’ said Lopez.
So happy to be finally helping out all the kids at @WeAreBCS – I just hope that I can make a difference to their lives 🙏
— Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) May 13, 2015
The starlet has almost all of the 125 hours of community service handed down to her following a 2012 car crash in Los Angeles to complete and she has until the end of this month to do it. She had pleaded guilty to reckless driving and lying to police. Lindsay has previously completed some of her work at the London-based charity Community Service Volunteers.