Celebrity burglar reality star jailed for six months
A teenage reality television actress who was allegedly part of a gang of youthful thieves that targeted homes of Hollywood celebrities was jailed for six months, officials said.world Updated: May 11, 2010 11:45 IST
A teenage reality television actress who was allegedly part of a gang of youthful thieves that targeted homes of Hollywood celebrities was jailed for six months, officials said.
Alexis Neiers, 18, pleaded no contest to taking part in a burglary at the home of Lord of the Rings and Pirates of theCaribbean heart-throb Orlando Bloom. She will begin serving her sentence on June 24.
Neiers is one of the stars of the E! television show Pretty Wild, which follows the fortunes of three sisters seeking to find fame and fortune as they navigate the Hollywood social scene.
Neiers was arrested after filming for the show’s pilot was completed.
“Today, Alexis entered a no-contest plea to one count of residential burglary and accepted some county jail time in order to avoid trial and a possible lengthy state prison sentence,” defence attorney Jeffrey Rubenstein told reporters outside the court.
In an interview with police, Neiers acknowledged being on Bloom’s property on July 13 last year with co-defendant Nicholas Frank Prugo and two other women, but denied taking anything from the house.
Neiers also told police she did not know the house being burgled was Bloom’s and that she was outside vomiting after “drinking a lot” when she saw that her accomplices were “tearing the house apart.”
Five other people, including Prugo, face a hearing on May 25 to determine if there is sufficient evidence to require them to stand trial for a series of burglaries targeting celebrities’ homes.
Along with the burglary at Bloom’s house, Prugo is accused of burglarising the homes of Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox, Rachel Bilson, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Audrina Patridge.
First Published: May 11, 2010 11:43 IST