Lindsay Lohan’s British socialite friend Lady Victoria Hervey has told RadarOnline.com: “The case should be thrown out now.”
Hervey was reacting to the news that the owner of the Venice jewelry store, from which Lindsay is accused of stealing a necklace, sold the surveillance footage for a reported $35,000 to a media outlet
In addition the owner of Kamofie & Co is reportedly also trying to profit from the tape by distributing footage on the Internet too.
Hervey said: “The case should be thrown out now. I think it’s pretty clear to anyone what they are about.
“One doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist to see that these jewelers have totally used this situation for press.”
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, the Mean Girls star, 24, is accused of stealing a $2,500 necklace in January from the jewerly store in Venice Beach, California where the actress now lives since her release from the Betty Ford center.
The latest development in the bizarre case could be a real blessing for Lohan and her lawyer Shawn Holley.
Sources have told Radar Online.com that the lawyer now believes - in the light of this development - she has a better chance for getting Lindsay an even shorter sentence in jail for her alleged probation violation -- and perhaps even having her felony theft charge reduced to a misdemeanor.
"The owners of the store's credibility is on the line, and going to be scrutinized. The price of the necklace is going to be revisited again. For Lindsay to be charged with a felony, the necklace had to be priced at over $900. Holley has an excellent argument that the owners could have inflated the price of the necklace to the authorities. Holley will likely ask that in light of these new developments that Lindsay be sentenced to jail for no more than one to thirty days. If she got sentenced to thirty days, she would serve about seven days," a source told RadarOnline.com.
Holley will also be introducing proof that the lawyer for Kamofie & Co was trying to make sure that her copy of the surveillance video wasn't released to the public.
"Holley has a plethora of evidence proving that the lawyer for the owners of Kamofie & Co were in contact with her last week, trying to obtain her copy of the surveillance video. “The lawyer asked Holley not to show the video to her own client! How preposterous and shady is that?”
It’s understood that Holley will be formally entering that information into evidence and for Judge Keith Schwartz to take under advisement when making his final decision.
Lohan is scheduled to appear in front of Judge Schwartz on Thursday, March 10, 2011, in connection with the grand felony theft charge.