Date: 16th August 2005

Winona in shoplifting claims

Winona Ryder reportedly left a Los Angeles store without paying for a belt and boots, it has been claimed.

The Hollywood actress, who three years ago was charged with shop-lifting, allegedly walked away from trendy boutique Shabon shop wearing $120 brown suede boots and a $40 belt.

Sources claim the items were only paid for eight days later, when Winona's assistant returned to pay for the goods on her own credit card.

A shop assistant named Kelly told Britain's News of the World newspaper: "I don't understand Winona at all. She made a big show of spending $400 in the store but seemed to risk everything by taking a cheap pair of boots and a $40 belt."

But Winona's spokesman insists the 'Girl, Interrupted' star paid for everything she took, saying: "This is an inaccurate portrayal of events. All items were paid for in full."

In 2002, Winona was ordered to serve 480 hours of community service after she was found guilty of grand theft and vandalism after stealing clothes from Beverly Hills store Saks Fifth Avenue.

She had been caught on security cameras leaving the store laden with packages she hadn't paid for, including DKNY socks and a Gucci dress.

Source: Press Release



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