The man who stole Frances McDormand's Oscar arrested

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March 9, 2018

Until now, Bryant, 47, didn't say any of the trophies he had been snapped with were his, but at the Governor's Ball he posted to Facebook a live video of him boogeying around with McDormand's prized statuette. Video footage shows him holding it above his head and saying: "All right, baby boys and baby girls".

But a sharp-eyed photographer working for celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, who catered the event, suspected something was amiss when he spotted Bryant, who was claiming to be an Oscar victor.

McDormand received the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as a vengeance-seeking mother in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. If convicted in the case, Bryant could face a maximum of three years in county jail.

Bryant appeared in a downtown Los Angeles court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a photographer, who was in attendance, was of the opinion Bryant was acting strangely and ultimately contacted security.

This year's best actress Oscar victor Frances McDormand's trophy was briefly stolen at the official after-party, following which a man suspected of stealing it was arrested.

His lawyer Daniel Brookman said: "There's a difference between holding an Oscar and what he is charged with, so that will play out in court". But L.A. prosecutors see it differently, charging him with felony grand theft.

He followed Bryant out of the party "and without any resistance from Bryant took the Oscar from him", the statement said. After few hours, Simon Halls the actresses' representative confirmed that the statuette has been found and handed over to McDormand.

He had a ticket for the ball and is being held in custody on $20,000 bail, an LAPD spokeswoman said.

Mr Brookman also said he would contact McDormand after she reportedly called for Bryant not to be prosecuted. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a statement that the two were "happily reunited after a brief separation" and that the star had "resumed her celebrations".

"Who wants to wish me congratulations?" he asked fellow revelers who were walking by, before posing for several selfies. In the video he points at the award and says, "I proclaim it in Jesus's name".

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