This is actually quite heartbreaking. It just goes to show that no amount of money or fame can replace a sense of security when one's safety has been compromised.
Late last June, a grand jury filed into a Los Angeles courtroom to hear testimonies about the infamous "Bling Ring" burglaries that terrorized several recognizable young Hollywood stars, from the stars themselves.
The hearing apparently went on without anyone knowing the wiser, but today, documents from the hearing have been unsealed and they offer more details on how these crimes took their toll on the celebs.
Among those in attendance was Lindsay Lohan, who two weeks after would be sentenced to prison. She gave a detailed account of arriving at her house on the night it was broken into. She told the jury that she was forced to move out of her home after one of the burglars left black fingerprints on her wall. The sight was no unnerving, she just had to leave. She told the court:
"That night I went back to the house, I just felt, to be honest, so violated and uncomfortable that I literally packed as much stuff as I could because it wasn't about the things that were taken, it was just the fact that someone came into the only private space that I have in my life at this point."
This feeling of violation was echoed by the other stars who testified, including Orlando Bloom, Audrina Patridge and Paris Hilton. Rachel Bilson confessed that she too thought about selling her house after it was looted because she just didn't feel safe there anymore. She told the jurors:
"It took me a while to feel comfortable staying there. I wouldn't sleep in my bedroom for about a month. And I was convinced that I needed to sell my house and get out of there, because I was very scared. But I'm still there."
After Rachel, Orlando told the panel how the break-in at his home had left him "distrustful" of the people around him, especially after he realized his carefully hidden collection of watches were stolen. He explained:
"It's just awful because you are suddenly second-guessing everything. You are like, 'Who has been in my house?' You know, the value of things kind of fades away. It's really about who is it, who am I starting to question?"
Such a shame! No one deserves to feel so unsafe in their own homes!
The good thing is, with these testimonies in place, there will be no need for preliminary hearings when the five remaining Bling Ring members face their charges. Their cases will straight to trial.
A little vindication, if nothing else.
[Image via WENN.]
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