Lindsay Lohan has reportedly been axed from a forthcoming film about Charles Manson.

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The actress was due to star in independent movie The Manson Girls – playing Nancy Pitman, one of the cult followers of the notorious Manson who was convicted of seven counts of murder in 1971 – but was dropped after other actors refused to work alongside her.

The 21-year-old actress signed up for the movie in March and was due to start shooting in Los Angeles in July.

Manson masterminded a series of gruesome murders including that of pregnant actress Sharon Tate, the then-wife of director Roman Polanski. He is now 73 and serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in jail.

Nancy Pitman – who was known as Brenda when she was part of the Manson Family, the nickname given to his followers – ran away from her wealthy family home in Malibu, California, at the age of 16 to be with Manson.

While she didn’t participate in the murders, she is believed to have accompanied Manson to the scene of the crime afterwards to help remove evidence.

Lindsay has hit the headlines more for her partying, drinking and alleged drug taking than her acting work recently. Her last big screen outing, I Know Who Killed Me was a box office flop. She was publicly criticised by bosses on Georgia Rule after a string of absences during filming.

J ames G. Robinson, CEO of Morgan Creek Productions who made the movie, issued an open letter to her saying: “You and your representatives have told us that your various late arrivals and absences from the set have been the result of illness. We are well aware that your ongoing all night heavy partying is the real reason for your so-called ‘exhaustion’.”

She is currently filming a cameo in hit US TV comedy-drama Ugly Betty.