Frances McDormand's Oscar Trophy Thief Posted a Bizarre Facebook Video

Herbert Rhodes
March 9, 2018

According to several reports, McDormand said she didn't want to press charges against Bryant; however, McDormand wasn't technically the victim in this crime.

He faces a maximum sentence of three years behind bars if convicted.

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

The man who allegedly stole Frances McDormand's Oscar pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday.

In what is perhaps the most weird 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. The photographer followed Bryant, took the trophy and alerted security, which detained the alleged thief until police arrived to arrest him.

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

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 recorded the video via Facebook Live, and friends commented on the clip congratulating him on his "win". "They celebrated the reunion with a double cheeseburger from In and Out", McDormand's representative, Simon Halls, said in a statement, referring to the California fast-food chain.

Bryant remains in custody. apparently he's been unable to post the $20,000 for bail. "Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell, and we all have projects we need to finance".

One photographer didn't recognize him as an Oscar victor and followed and confronted him. "This is mine", he said, before planting a kiss on the Oscar's head.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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