Man accused of stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar arrested

Lena Tucker
March 9, 2018

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.

Police say he handed back the statue without a struggle and was arrested. The 47-year-old is being held on US$20,000 bail. In this photo, Frances McDormand is seen attending the 90th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball at the Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018.

It's not clear whether Bryant had a ticket to the Governors Ball, but video posted by The Associated Press showed him entering the party alongside McDormand, waving and holding out his arm like a member of her entourage. 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. Bryant, a Los Angeles resident, also streamed a video of himself holding and kissing the Oscar statue on Facebook, claiming that it was his.

Ms Levy, who said she has known Bryant for seven years, added: "I think we are living in an unusual time in America".

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Brookman said the grand theft charge isn't justified for swiping an Oscar because their despite their cultural value, street value is very limited by the fact that the film academy keeps a stake in their ownership and controls how they can be used.

One photographer didn't recognize him as an Oscar victor and followed and confronted him.

Brookman cited her presence in court when he asked for Bryant's release, saying she could attest to the special role he played as part of her community.

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

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