Jeweler sells surveillance tape over Lohan's theft case to TV show

13:16, March 07, 2011      

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Actress Lindsay Lohan arrives at the Beverly Hills Courthouse for a mandatory appearance in Beverly Hills, California September 24, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

A Venice, California jewelry store has sold the surveillance tape central to the felony theft case against troubled actress Lindsay Lohan to a company that licensed it to a popular entertainment news show, which could complicate the case, local news outlets reported on Saturday.

Entertainment Tonight, a daily tabloid-style television show that is syndicated by CBS Television Distribution throughout the United States, Canada and in many countries around the world, will air the footage Monday, RadarOnline reported.

The show has already published some of the exclusive photos taken from actual surveillance camera footage on its website, showing the actress trying on some pieces of jewelry.

Making the surveillance footage public could complicate th case against the starlet, causing turmoil in both the prosecution and defense camps, the celebrity website said.

"Neither side wanted it released," a source told the website. "Neither side sanctioned this sale."P Lohan, 24, is accused of felony grand theft for allegedly stealing a necklace valued at 2,500 dollars from Kamofie &Co. near her new home in Venice. The "Mean Girls" star is due back in court on Thursday, when she must decide whether to accept a plea deal or go to trial.

According to news reports, Lohan tried the necklace on in a high-end jewelry store shortly before it went missing. Investigators have the video of the starlet wearing the missing piece of jewelry inside the store, and obtained a warrant to search Lohan's residence. Before they could be able to serve the warrant, one of Lohan's aides turned it in to police.

Lohan denied any wrongdoings, claiming that the person filing the complaint was "nuts."

The actress, who has been on probation for her conviction for drunk driving, is already under investigation for allegedly assaulting a worker of the Betty Ford rehab clinic where she received three-month court-ordered treatment.

In a hearing Feb. 23, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith L. Schwartz told the actress point blank that if she accepts a plea deal she would be serving jail time.

"If you plead in front of me ... you are going to jail ... Again, there is going to be jail time in this case," he said. "The issue is what it is."

Prosecutors have offered a plea deal of three to six months in prison for a guilty plea, but citing a source "close to Lohan," TMZ reported Lohan is rejecting any deal that involves time in prison.
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