Now Playing
K95.5 Tulsa
Last Song Played
Tulsa's New Country Leader

Posted: March 07, 2018

Judge: Man accused of McDormand Oscar theft will be released

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES —

A lawyer for the man charged with stealing Frances McDormand's Academy Award said Wednesday that he and his client plan to "forcefully and aggressively resist" the allegations against him.

Attorney Daniel Brookman acknowledged that suspect Terry Bryant can be seen on an Associated Press video holding McDormand's best actress statuette but those images don't rise to the seriousness of felony grand theft.

"There's a big difference between holding an Oscar and what he's charged with," Brookman said outside court, where Bryant was arraigned Wednesday and pleaded not guilty. "I don't think his character matches these charges."

Los Angeles Superior Court Deborah Brazil ruled Bryant, 47, did not pose a risk to the public and said he will be released on his own recognizance.

Bryant walked out of the Governors Ball Oscars after-party with the trophy on Sunday night, authorities said. He was captured on the AP video holding it proudly over his head and saying, "All right baby boys and baby girls."

He quickly gave it up when confronted by a photographer, police said.

McDormand won the Oscar, her second, for her performance in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."

Bryant could get three years in jail if convicted.

AP footage from earlier Sunday shows Bryant walked in to the Governors Ball alongside McDormand, although there is no indication they knew each other. McDormand smiled and laughed as she entered the party and her son carried her Oscar into the party, the footage shows.

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

"He's a sweet and gentle man of faith," Levy said.


Copyright The Associated Press

Related

AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

Lawyer: Man accused of stealing Oscar will fight charge

Attorney Daniel Brookman, from left, and Rabbi Naomi Levy appear on behalf of defendant Terry Bryant, as the media awaits Bryant's appearance in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Bryant is accused of stealing Frances McDormand's best actress Oscar statuette during the Governors Ball after party on Sunday.

AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

Lawyer: Man accused of stealing Oscar will fight charge

Attorney Daniel Brookman, from left, and Rabbi Naomi Levy appear on behalf of defendant Terry Bryant, as the media awaits Bryant's appearance in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Bryant is accused of stealing Frances McDormand's best actress Oscar statuette during the Governors Ball after party on Sunday.

AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

Lawyer: Man accused of stealing Oscar will fight charge

Attorney Daniel Brookman, from left, and Rabbi Naomi Levy appear on behalf of defendant Terry Bryant, as the media awaits Bryant's appearance in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Bryant is accused of stealing Frances McDormand's best actress Oscar statuette during the Governors Ball after party on Sunday.

AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

Lawyer: Man accused of stealing Oscar will fight charge

Attorney Daniel Brookman, from left, and Rabbi Naomi Levy appear on behalf of defendant Terry Bryant, as the media awaits Bryant's appearance in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Bryant is accused of stealing Frances McDormand's best actress Oscar statuette during the Governors Ball after party on Sunday.

AP Photo/Jeff Turner

The Latest: AP video appears to show alleged Oscar thief

This Sunday, March 4, 2018, still image from AP video appears to show the man who authorities say stole Frances McDormand's best actress Oscar walking out of the official Academy Awards after-party in Los Angeles.

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

 
 
 

Amazon Alexa

Enable our Skill today to listen live at home on your Alexa Devices!