12 Dec:
Winona’s Shoplifting Scandal

Winona Ryder was arrested for shoplifting from Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills on 12th December, 2001. Amongst the products she had stuffed into her hat was a Marc Jacobs sweater worth $760, and Frederic Fekkai hair adornments listed at $600.

At first, the Oscar nominated actress claimed she had been under the impression that her assistant would pay for the items later. Then, she said she had stolen them as research for a forthcoming role. But in court, the security guards said they’d seen Ryder clipping the tags off some items with scissors. She got 500 hours of Community Service, and her career was derailed for a decade.

In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly consider whether Saks leveraged the opportunity for publicity purposes; examine the strange composition of the jury who decided Ryder’s fate; and ask if her appearance in a ‘Free Winona’ t-shirt was indulgent or amusing… 

Further Reading:

• ‘A grass roots campaign to “free” Winona Ryder helps make $15 T-shirt LA’s hottest style statement’ (British Vogue, 2002): https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/free-winona

• ‘Ryder possessed 8 drugs during arrest, memo says’ (Chicago Tribune, 2002): https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2002-12-04-0212040374-story.html

Winona Ryder Convicted of 2 Counts in Shoplifting – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

• ‘America’s Dumbest Criminals’ (Channel 5, 2002):

#Hollywood #Crime #2000s