Bryant’s attorney Daniel Brookman doesn’t deny that his client is brandishing the trophy in various footage, including a video that Bryant posted himself to Facebook bragging that he had won it, but Brookman doesn’t believe those actions warrant a felony grand theft charge. If convicted, Bryant, 47, faces up to three years behind bars.
“There’s a big difference between holding an Oscar and what he’s charged with,” Brookman said outside court Wednesday after the arraignment. “I don’t think his character matches these charges.”
Bryant was released without bail on his own recognizance after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Deborah Brazil ruled he wasn’t a risk to the public.
It’s not clear if Bryant had a ticket to the Governors Ball, but an AP video, which you can watch above, shows him walking alongside McDormand and her entourage as they entered the party. Inside, the “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star had set her engraved statue down to chat with someone when it was taken. In Bryant’s nearly three-minute Facebook video before he was arrested, he let bystanders ogle and take pictures with the Oscar, which he claimed he had won for “music.” “Look at it, baby. My team got this tonight. This is mine. We got it tonight, baby,” he said.
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