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Lindsay Lohan hearing: Jewelry store owner testifies she did not see actress walk out wearing necklace

Photo: Lindsay Lohan arrives for a hearing at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles Friday. Credit: Phil McCarten / Reuters

The owner of a Venice jewelry store testified Friday that 10 minutes after she closed her store Jan. 22, she noticed that Lindsay Lohan had left with a pricey necklace.

Sofia Kaman testified that Lohan had tried on the necklace and not removed it despite not paying for it nor working out a deal to borrow it.

Lohan faces grand-theft charges in connection with the missing necklace. Her blond hair up in a bun and her diamond earrings and diamond ring shimmering against her black shirt, Lohan was a lively advisor Friday to her attorney, Shawn Holley.

Kaman said she would have stopped Lohan if she had seen the necklace. "Absolutely," she replied when asked the question.

Kaman testified that Lohan put her own necklace over the store's necklace. The store owner said she reported the alleged crime to police the next day after watching the security camera tape.

She said the necklace was acquired for $850 and sold for three times that amount, a standard industry practice. Her statement was elicited by the prosecutor in an attempt to undercut efforts by Lohan's attorney to drop the necklace's value to less than $950, making the alleged crime a misdemeanor.

Kaman said the jewelry store was under constant harassment by the media for licensing the security video, which she said was done under a lawyer's advice to get out a "non-altered and authentic" version of the video.

She said a licensing advisor sought to air it on pay-per-view, which she opposed. Kaman said the store has not received any money from the video licensing.

Later, Holley asked Kaman whether Lohan was wearing an "extremely low-cut top" with her "cleavage exposed" and her neck visible, and Kaman agreed the actress' neck and cleavage were visible.

Kaman also said that after Lohan put on the necklace, the actress looked at it several times in the mirror over about a half-hour period before leaving.

Kaman acknowledged she initially thought Lohan had put the necklace in her handbag, based on an early look at the security camera video, but that she later saw from the video that the actress had it around her neck when she walked out.

Earlier, a worker at the Kamofie and Co. store testified that four days before a necklace went missing, Lohan had almost walked out of the shop with a diamond earring in her ear.

Tinelli Comsooksri testified that Lohan tried on a pair of earrings Jan. 18 and put one down but left one in her ear.

As Lohan was leaving, the store employee testified, "I reminded her she had one earring in." Comsooksri said Lohan replied that "she was sorry."

The sales assistant said she emailed her bosses after the incident to inform them about what happened.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Danette Meyers told Judge Stephanie Sautner she was introducing the incident to show evidence of intent in the theft of the necklace.


Shop owner testifies she noticed necklace was missing 10 minutes after closing

Lohan almost left jewelry store with diamond earring, saleswoman testifies

Lohan could face employee of jewelry store accusing her of necklace theft

-- Richard Winton at Los Angeles County Superior Court

Photo: Lindsay Lohan arrives for Friday's hearing at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles. Credit: Phil McCarten / Reuters

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I am not a woman but what is the use of one earring when you have two ears. Sounds like she just forgot to take it off, kind of bolsters the defenses argument that it was a mistake and she just forgot she had it on.

Hard to believe Kaman when you see the video of her holding the door of the store open for Lohan to leave. Likely a publicity stunt by the store, nothing more.

What I get out of Lindsay and the one earrings incident is that Lindsay is a bit of a ditz. After being informed of this by an employee one would think that the store owner would be a bit more attentive to Lindsay and her merchandise.

IF there was no understanding of Lindsay borrowing the neckless, then I see this as Lindsay the ditz playing into a no cost opportunity for the store owner to get many tens of thousands dollars worth of free publicity for her store.

The right thing for the store would have been to call Lindsay, before the police, but then -- no free publicity, right?

Lindsay is history. Enjoy your time in jail Lindsbaby!

The Times should have more front-page stories like this.

Lindsay being a ditz doesn't excuse her from the law. Neither you nor I could use that as an excuse if we "accidentally" walked out with merchandise we hadn't paid for.

Why is this one argument that the jails are overcrowed, and talking about letting her go? Many people are jailed DAILY, so why not let the one's that have been in for some time, let them out. THEN that makes room for Lindsay!!!!!!!!
Everyone is so "star struck", if that is what you want to call Lindsay, they keep giving her all these ways out of going to jail. Put her arse in jail, especially with the "bad girls", since she has already made the movie 'MEAN GIRLS, she could take care of herself. I'm so sick of reading of the discrimination about other people, but she get's away with anything!!!! She is a wing-nut for sure. No class, stupid, egotistic, and out right rude.
Sure widh someone could knock her off her pedastal!!!!

Jail her. She violated her probation again and again. She is not above the law. (Nixon found that out) The law applies equally to all.

Sounds like Lindsay's big crime is not being very bright. The store owner has now changed her story twice - seems a little odd that she's so sure it was stolen but can't even reference how it was stolen - via purse or via neck. But we all know where the store is and what the name of the store is, so why not string up a has-been while we're at it?

This is ridiculous, , , how is it that people think the store is out for publicity after someone takes off with "THEIR" merchandise. How is that the stores fault?

If one takes something from any store with any value of you will be charged for stealing, unless the store manager says otherwise. How should she get out of this without punishment, , , that's right, money buys good lawyers and media helps drug addicted celeberties make them look like victims.

She knew what she was doing and the reason why she "forgot" was because she was druged up, simple as that.

@ GN I totally agree. lol ;) The only thing I don´t agree in is that this is ´good´publicity, because a store who sells a necklace that was acquired for $850 and sell it for three times that amount is most certainly kissing my a** goodbye.... Filthy, speculative trick to get a lot of free PR no more no less.

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