Date: 13th March 2002

Ryder Tape Conflicts With Police Claims

WINONA RYDER seems to be in a stronger position with her shoplifting case - in-store tapes of the actress do not show her removing security tags. Prosecutors in the case, brought about after the Girl, Interrupted (1999) star was stopped walking out of a Los Angeles boutique with $4,800 (3,500) worth of clothes she had allegedly failed to pay for, had claimed Ryder was filmed cutting tags from the items with scissors.

However, whilst the surveillance recording shows Ryder's 12 December (2001) shopping spree in Saks Fifth Avenue, as she moves from different racks of designer clothing, it reportedly does not include any footage of malicious intent. Ryder's lawyer Mark Geragos claims the tape will now prove his client's innocence. He says, "Contrary to the public perception, this tape exonerates her. I'd say this is a prosecution, interrupted. " A preliminary hearing for Ryder is set for Thursday.

Source: WENN