LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles jewelry store owner testified on Friday that Lindsay Lohan left her store without paying for a $2,500 necklace, and said there had been no agreement to pay for it later.
Sofia Kaman, the owner of Kamofie & Co jewelry store, told a preliminary court hearing that on January 22 Lohan came into her store, tried on a gold necklace and left. She noticed 10 minutes after the actress left that the necklace was missing.
Prosecutor Danette Meyers asked, “Have you ever entered into an agreement with the defendant that she could come into your store, take your jewelry and pay for it later?”
“No,” Kaman said.
Lohan, 24, denies stealing the necklace. Friends have said the “Mean Girls” actress believed the jewelry was on loan.
Friday’s preliminary hearing marked the first opportunity for Lohan’s lawyer to present her side of the story, and for prosecutors to publicly lay out evidence against the actress.
A judge will then decide whether Lohan should stand trial for felony grand theft. She faces a prison term if convicted.
The case is the latest in a string of legal woes for Lohan who has been in and out of rehab, jail and courtrooms since 2007. She sat calmly through Friday’s proceedings, dressed in a dark jacket and blue pants with a white scarf.
Under cross-examination from Lohan’s attorney, Kaman acknowledged that she sold the store surveillance video of the incident to a publicist, and that it aired on TV.
But Kaman said she never received any money from the deal, which was structured as a revenue sharing agreement, and she shrugged off suggestions that the incident had been good publicity for her store.
A Kamofie saleswoman testified that four days before the alleged necklace theft, Lohan visited the store and was about leave with an earring in her ear. The saleswoman reminded her to give the earring back.
Lohan last month rejected a deal offered by prosecutors that would have put her behind bars for three to six months if she pleaded guilty to stealing the necklace.
Her decision was seen as a huge gamble. Lohan is still on probation for a 2007 drunk driving and cocaine possession conviction. She spent two weeks in jail in 2010, and could be returned to jail simply for violating probation.
Lohan this week secured a role in an upcoming movie about New York mobster John Gotti that could revive her stalled Hollywood career.
Last year, her legal problems caused her to lose the lead role in a movie about 1970s porn star Linda Lovelace. Her last movie was little-seen action film “Machete” in September 2010, while 2009 film “Labor Pains” went straight to television.
Editing by Jill Serjeant