Portland-connected man has charges dropped in Oscar theft


Frances McDormand won the Oscar in 2018

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Terry Bryant in a combination of mugshots and, in the middle, in 2018 at an Oscar party (Multomah County Sheriff’s Office/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charges against a man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar statuette from an Academy Awards after-party have been dropped.

The trial for Terry Bryant was to begin Tuesday, but Los Angeles prosecutors said in court that they were unable to proceed with the case against the 58-year-old. A judge then granted a defense motion to dismiss it.

The district attorney’s office gave no explanation, and Bryant’s attorney wasn’t immediately available for comment.

McDormand won the award for best actress for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” on March 4, 2018, and lost the statuette after having it engraved at the post-show the Governors Ball.

Associated Press video shows Bryant leaving the party holding an Oscar.

Bryant’s attorney argued in court hearings that there was never any intent to keep the award.

Bryant has a criminal past in Multnomah County.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office told KOIN 6 News in 2018 that Bryant was arrested 7 times between 1999 and 2002.

MCSO said 2002 was the last time Bryant was in their custody.

KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.

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