Date: 6th February 2002

Actress Winona Ryder Pleads Innocent

Actress WINONA RYDER has pleaded innocent to four felony counts of theft, burglary, vandalism and possession of a controlled substance. The stunning Heathers (1989) star was arrested on 12 December (2001) for allegedly stealing about $4,800 (3,500) in clothing from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills.

Police said she also possessed the painkiller Oxycodone, a morphine derivative, without a prescription. The 30-year-old actress faces up to three years and eight months in prison if convicted, but could also be sentenced to probation. Ryder remains free on $20,000 (14,200) bond.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for 11 March (2002). Beverly Hills police said store security officers saw Ryder remove security tags from several items, place them in her bag and leave the store. Her attorney, Mark Geragos, says Ryder was carrying items between store departments and had a valid prescription for the drugs.

Source: WENN



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