Judge: Man accused of McDormand Oscar theft will be released

Judge: Man accused of McDormand Oscar theft will be released

Judge: Man accused of McDormand Oscar theft will be released

Terry Bryant is now behind bars after being arrested for felony grand theft. If convicted in the case, Bryant could face a maximum of three years in county jail.

Police said he handed the bronze statue back without a struggle and was arrested.

Before McDormand retook possession of her Oscar, Reuters photographer Mario Anzuoni saw an Academy official at the Governor's Ball hand the recovered statuette to best actor victor Gary Oldman to return to McDormand.

Naomi Levy, a rabbi who came to court to support Bryant, said he is part of her spiritual congregation and never misses a meeting.

It's not clear whether Bryant had a ticket to the Governors Ball, but video posted by The Associated Press showed him entering the party alongside McDormand, waving and holding out his arm like a member of her entourage.

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McDormand won the Oscar for her perfromance as Mildred Hayes in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The video, shot late Sunday night as many guests were leaving the Governors Ball, shows a man in a tuxedo who appears to be Terry Bryant, 47, holding an Oscar trophy as an onlooker cheers. Prosecutors have requested his bail be set at $20,000.

Naomi Levy, a rabbi who came to court to support Bryant, said he is part of her spiritual congregation and never misses meeting. It was unclear if he had an attorney.

"Look it, baby. My team got this tonight". Another photographer intervened and stopped him. "They celebrated the reunion with a double cheeseburger from In and Out", McDormand's representative, Simon Halls, said in a statement, referring to the California fast-food chain. The judge said that influenced her decision to release Bryant on his own recognizance.

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