Monday 22 January 2018

Dunst testifies in theft trial

Kirsten Dunst has testified in a trial
Kirsten Dunst has testified in a trial

Kirsten Dunst has reprised her role as a star witness against a mechanic being tried - for the second time - on charges of helping steal her designer purse from a Manhattan hotel suite during a 2007 movie shoot.

Wearing a demure, loose black dress and a sometimes weary expression, the Spider-Man star gave jurors a clipped, subdued account of returning from filming to find her 2,000 dollar (£1,357) Balenciaga handbag gone from a SoHo Grand Hotel penthouse suite.

Her assistant's bag and co-star Simon Pegg's mobile phone and other possessions also were taken from the room, which was being used as an actors' lounge while the 2008 comedy How To Lose Friends And Alienate People was shot downstairs.

"All our belongings were gone. I thought that my assistant had taken them and put them somewhere else, but everything was gone," Kirsten testified. Inside the bag were her wallet, credit and other cards, vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses and 2,000 dollars (£1,357) in cash, she said.

"We even went outside to look for our bags, like maybe it was dumped in a Dumpster," she added.

The mechanic, James Jimenez, was convicted last fall of trespassing, but jurors deadlocked on a more serious burglary charge. He's being retried on that charge. Defence lawyer Robert Parker said Jimenez, 36, just tagged along with a co-defendant he believed had permission to be there.

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