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Lindsay Lohan video: Actress didn't have permission to take necklace, jewelry store says

Portions of a security video purporting to show Lindsay Lohan stealing a necklace from a Venice jewelry store have been broadcast, and a spokesman for the store said the actress improperly removed the item.

"With regard to the question of Lindsay Lohan's guilt or innocence, we repeat that Kamofie and Company never gave permission to Ms. Lohan to remove the necklace from the store," Christopher Spencer, a spokesperson for store, said in a statement Monday. "The rest is up to the jury."

Spencer's statement marked the most detailed response from the store and attempts to explain why the video was made public.

"The bottom line is we felt there was far too much speculation about the video recording, and that it was right for the public to be able to see the video itself," he said. "The video would be released during the actual trial anyway, as has been explained by several prominent criminal attorneys. Release of the video at this time does not violate any law, and we believe its release should have no impact on the outcome of the criminal proceeding."

The video was sold to "Entertainment Tonight," which broadcast it Monday.

It's unclear what effect its sale and broadcast will have. Lohan faces felony charges in connection with the $2,500 necklace — the most serious in a string of recent run-ins she's had with the law.

Sources told The Times that the video is a key piece of evidence — but not the only one. Paparazzi photos taken days later show the actress wearing the necklace. The case file includes statements from people who were inside the store at the same time as Lohan, said the sources, who spoke on condition that they not be named because the case is ongoing.

Some legal experts said it could give ammunition to Lohan's defense team, which can now argue the jewelry store had a financial incentive to accuse Lohan of theft.

"I don't care who it is [shown on the video], it's a negative for the prosecution," said James Blatt, a veteran defense lawyer whose clients have included former San Fernando Valley drug dealer and convicted killer Jesse James Hollywood. "Somebody is getting paid, and that should not occur."

But Glen T. Jonas, also a longtime defense attorney, said the sale of the video doesn't change the images captured on the video and ultimately shouldn't present big problems for the prosecution's case.

"The video is newsworthy, and the public has a right to see it," Jonas said. "It only becomes a problem if a specific employee's testimony is necessary to establish the elements of the charges and that employee profited from the sale of the video."


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Sure, I believe them. Just like I'm waiting for the Easter Bunny...

could it be the jewelry store also enjoyed the publicity

as well as the $$ from the sale of the video

pretty easy to bash LL these days (or daze)

Seems to me that this story/video is more like a blatant commercial for Entertainment Tonight.

Did the ET lawyers say the Times could only use the clip in an unedited form? Or, did the editor feel that this was sooo newsworthy that there wasn't time to edit the video clip down to just the in-store surveillance video that is pertinent to the story?

Having money and being famous and insane at the same time does not make life any better. What the money and fame does is put one in a position for the insanity to be more visiable. Why would a girl with access to money be in trouble for stealing jewelry? She could have simply purchased the item. It just doesn't make sense. And, that is what craziness is about: a lot of stuff that doesn't make sense!

How much is this costing the city of LA taxpayers? What nonsense. Let's see, they knew she had the necklace on and they were so intimidated they didn't say as she was leaving the store "Oh Ms. Lohan did you want to put the necklace on a credit card or pay cash?" Give us a rest. DA and Judge out of the spot light. Lohan get some sane people around you that aren't mooching on your coattails.

All that matters here is did the train wreck have permission to removed the necklace from the store.
It doesn't matter sbout any other action anyone else has taken. If the store made money or didn't make money isn't important the only facts at play are 1. did the store own the necklace 2 under what circumstances did it leave the store,3 who removed it from the store and did the person removing it from the store have permission from the owner of the property to do so.

Who's the freak with her?


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