Man charged with felony theft of Frances McDormand’s Oscar

Bryant could get three years in jail. (Reuters)

A 47-year-old man has been charged with stealing Frances McDormand’s Academy Award.

Los Angeles County prosecutors said that Terry Bryant was charged Tuesday with stealing the statuette McDormand won for best actress from the official Oscars after-party in Hollywood on Sunday. Bryant could get three years in jail. He was being held on $20,000 bail Monday, police said.

Video captured by The Associated Press appears to show Bryant walking with the statuette out of the party, the Governors Ball, and holding it up proudly to photographers and gawkers waiting outside.

“Look it, baby. My team got this tonight. This is mine,” he said, turning the trophy toward the camera, before kissing it on the head.

One photographer didn’t recognize him as an Oscar winner and followed and confronted him.

Police say Bryant handed back the statuette without a struggle. It was soon returned to McDormand, and Bryant was arrested.

“After some brief time apart, Frances and her Oscar were happily reunited. They celebrated the reunion with a double cheeseburger from In-N-Out Burger,” McDormand’s publicist, Simon Halls, told the AP.

McDormand won the award for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 7 March 2018 KSA 01:55 - GMT 22:55

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