A man who denies stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar from an after party will appear in court charged with theft.
Terry Bryant, 47, will appear before a judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday accused of swiping the best actress Academy Award as McDormand celebrated her victory for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri at the Governors Ball.
Bryant, described as a “sweet, gentle man of faith” by his rabbi, was released on bail after pleading not guilty to one charge of grand theft of property.
He was see leaving the ball in a tuxedo as he showed off the award to photographers, including one who confronted Bryant after not recognising him as a victor.
Bryant was also seen planting a kiss on the award’s head in a video selfie on Facebook on March 4.
“Look it, baby. My team got this tonight. This is mine,” he said in the now-deleted clip.
A publicist for McDormand, 60, said she was “happily reunited” with the award, her second best actress Oscar.
Mr Brookman said his Los Angeles-based client will appear on bail at Foltz Criminal Justice Centre.