Charges dropped against alleged thief of McDormand Oscar

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Charges dropped against alleged thief of McDormand Oscar
FILE - This March 4, 2018 file image taken from video shows Oscar winner Frances McDormand, foreground left, walking into the Governors Ball next to Terry Bryant, center, the man accused of stealing her Academy Award in Los Angeles. McDormand won the best actress category for her role in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." On the day his trial was to begin, charges against Bryant have been dropped. Los Angeles County prosecutors said in court Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 that they were unable to proceed with the case against him, and a judge granted a defense motion to dismiss it. (AP Photo/Jeff Turner, file)

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.