Damaging Testimony in Winona Ryder Case

10/31/2002 01:15PM

Under tough questioning from Winona Ryder's lawyer during her shoplifting trial Wednesday, the head of security at Saks Fifth Avenue denied ever saying he was out to get the actress, PEOPLE reports.

"Didn't you have a discussion in which you said: 'I'm going to nail her. I'm going to get her one way or another?' " Ryder's attorney, Mark Geragos, asked Kenneth Evans in Beverly Hills Superior Court on Wednesday, referring to an alleged luncheon conversation between the security man and a coworker at Saks.

"Absolutely not," replied Evans.

The "Girl, Interrupted" star, 31, faces up to three years behind bars should she be convicted on charges of grand theft, second-degree burglary and vandalism for allegedly walking out of the Beverly Hills Saks with nearly $6,000 in unpaid merchandise. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Later in Wednesday's session (the third day of the actress's trial), prosecutors screened a previously unreleased security video that showed her going through the store on that fateful day of Dec. 12.

In one scene, narrated from the witness stand by Evans, Ryder appears to be reaching into her coat pocket, then putting something into the pocket of a jacket on a store rack. Evans said he later went to the rack to see if any of the security sensors missing from goods that Ryder was accused of stealing showed up in one of those jackets -- only to discover he could no longer find the jacket.

Evans said he then went to another department where Ryder had been seen -- and he found four sensor tags, including three with material from two purses and a hair bow that she allegedly stole.

Yet it was when former Saks security agent Colleen Rainey took the stand that things took an even gloomier turn for Ryder. Rainey said she witnessed Ryder snipping sensor tags off merchandise while the actress was in a Saks dressing room.

She also told the courtroom that after stopping the actress outside the store to discuss the items she had taken, "Miss Ryder asked if her assistant had paid for it."

Rainey then went on to say that Ryder eventually changed her story. The ex-agent recalled the actress telling her that she took the items -- which included a $1,595 Gucci dress, according to a court list of items -- because she was researching a role for a new film called "Shop Girl," about a shoplifter.

According to Rainey, Ryder apologized, but then again altered her story once police arrived. Ryder told them she was working on a police crime drama called "White Jazz," and was asked by the director to try to shoplift.
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