Man accused of stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar charged with theft, officials say

09 March, 2018, 02:05 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • Terry Bryant 47 the man accused of stealing Frances McDormand's best actress Oscar pleaded not guilty to felony grand theft of property in his first court appearance on Wednesday

He faced a charge of felony grand theft after the LAPD arrested him Sunday night.

When Bryant was confronted, he handed back the statuette without a fight, police said. In this photo, Frances McDormand is seen attending the 90th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball at the Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018.

Naomi Levy, a rabbi who came to court to support Bryant, said he is part of her spiritual congregation and never misses a meeting.

In what is perhaps the most freaky story to come out of this year's Academy Awards, Frances McDormand's Oscar statue was briefly stolen from her table during the Governor's Ball, the official afterparty for the ceremony. Rosario Herrera, a police spokeswoman, said that Bryant had a ticket for the event.

Mr Brookman made the comment at a press conference at Los Angeles' Foltz Criminal Justice Centre where Bryant was due to appear.

Bryant, 47, walked out of the Governors Ball Oscars after-party with the trophy on Sunday night, authorities said. Bryant remains behind bars on $20,000 (€16,100) bail.

McDormand had taken the award to be engraved and left it on a table while she mingled at the Governors Ball when Bryant swiped
McDormand had taken the award to be engraved and left it on a table while she mingled at the Governors Ball when Bryant swiped

Bryant LA resident hired a lawyer who is saying he was just executing a publicity stunt.

"Got this tonight. This is mine". She left reporters with this thought: "Perhaps his story is a commentary on our whole society and its obsession with its 15 minutes of fame", Levy said.

The actress McDormand, who received the award "Oscar" this year for best actress in the movie "Three billboards on the border of Ebbing, Missouri", stole the statue, writes NME.

When he was leaving the ball, a photographer confronted him after not recognising him as a victor.

He followed Bryant out of the party "and without any resistance from Bryant took the Oscar from him", the statement said.


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