*Lindsay Lohan reportedly made a secret deal to meet with Dawn Holland — the Betty Ford Center worker Lindsay allegedly attacked — and the plan was that a photographer would snap pictures of the two together, sell them and Dawn would pocket the cash … all this according to TMZ.

The plan — hatched before Dawn decided not to pursue criminal charges against Lindsay — was that Dawn would make $10,000 from the sale of the photos, the website reports.

Sources connected with the deal claim the point was not for Dawn to get money in exchange for dropping her case — but rather for Lindsay to “help her out.”

Sources say the deal fell apart when Lindsay’s business manager, Lou Taylor, put a stop to the operation.

Dawn reportedly grew angry, felt Lindsay was “disrespecting” her, got a new lawyer and may now pursue the battery case, TMZ reports.