Judge: Man accused of McDormand Oscar theft will be released
A judge on Wednesday agreed to release without bail the man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Academy Award, while his attorney vowed to fight a felony grand theft charge he says is excessive and undeserved.
Terry Bryant, 57, who has been jailed since his Sunday night arrest, appeared behind glass in the courtroom in a blue jail jumpsuit and pleaded not guilty.
His attorney, Daniel Brookman, had argued that the previous bail amount of $20,000 was unnecessary, calling the Oscar situation a momentary aberration. He said Bryant has had no contact with law enforcement for six years and represented no threat to the community.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Deborah S. Brazil said she was concerned by Bryant’s four prior felony convictions on theft-related charges and his past failures to appear in court, which prosecutors argued should keep the bail unchanged.
But Brazil agreed that several years of good behavior and the lack of a threat to the community justified Bryant’s release.
Brookman acknowledged that Bryant can be seen on an Associated Press video holding McDormand’s best actress statuette but said those images don’t rise to the seriousness of felony grand theft.
NYPD: We have considerable evidence in Weinstein rape case
New York City’s top detective said Wednesday police have gathered considerable evidence in the rape investigation of Harvey Weinstein, but it’s up to the district attorney to decide whether the disgraced media mogul gets indicted.
“It’s his case right now,” Chief Robert Boyce said of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. “I would ask you to ask him ... his schedule ... where it goes forward.”
The district attorney’s office had no comment.
Boyce said investigators have been working diligently with women who alleged Weinstein raped them. The probe stems from a report in October by “Boardwalk Empire” actress Paz de la Huerta, who said Weinstein raped her twice in 2010. She also spoke publicly.
Detectives have since traveled to Paris and Los Angeles to interview de la Huerta and others. They have sought cellphone, business and medical records.