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LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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.

This image taken from video shows Oscar winner Frances McDormand, foreground left, walking into the Governors Ball next to Terry Bryant.

“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.

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8 thoughts on “Alleged Oscar Thief Says He Will “Aggressively” Fight Charges

  1. He needs to be 🔒 locked up with his ghetto looking ass. Did you see him on the news this morning, with a bad hair day. People like him is dangerous and is not all there mentally.

  2. Mac Daddy on said:

    This is why we need our own Oscars, the Bloscars. Every brother and sister gets an award and we feel better about ourselves

  3. Ted Gravely on said:

    A few things; he is a thief, but I agree he is being overcharged. That is what happens to black people. Instead of a fine or misdemeanor, they will throw the book at him. The racist Native American lady who called kids the “N Word” and physically assaulted the mother – nothing. The lawyer got charge after charge dismissed and the one small charge left, she didn’t show up for sentencing. This loon posing with a statue – felon. No mental evaluation – naw. This is serious. Throw the book at him. Prison for 3-5. Gotta love it. Broken system.

    • americanize on said:

      Ted I agree with everything you said except the last two words.Broken system.The system is not broke.Its working just the way its design to work.

    • African American Woman on said:

      Blah, blah, blaaaaaahhhhhhh…the race card is tired and wants to go back to bed. This fool is just that, a fool. I don’t care what color he is, the man is a FOOL! There are SO MANY more important things to worry about than fools acting like fools.

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