Swedish re­al­ity star re­solves case

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY - By ELIOT KLEINBERG

Swedish Hol­ly­wood Wives star Gu­nilla Pers­son has re­solved her shoplift­ing case, send­ing her at­tor­ney to court an hour and a half be­fore a sched­uled plea con­fer­ence Fri­day, court records show.

Pers­son, 59, who lives in Los An­ge­les and has for eight years starred in the pop­u­lar Scan­di­na­vian re­al­ity TV show Sven­ska Hol­ly­wood­fruar, was ar­rested by Palm Beach po­lice May 22 and charged with shoplift­ing a $545 pair of de­signer sun­glasses from Chanel on Worth Av­enue.

Pers­son had been sched­uled for a 10 a.m. plea con­fer­ence hear­ing in West Palm Beach. But ac­cord­ing to a court docket, an as­so­ciate of de­fense at­tor­ney Phillip T. Ri­dolfo Jr., iden­ti­fied only as “stand in at­tor­ney Mey­ers,” came in to court at 8:30 a.m. and Judge Leonard Hanser ap­proved a deal in which Pers­son agreed to pre­trial di­ver­sion and the charge was dropped. Her lawyers paid $100 in court costs.

The court doc­u­ment said Pers­son was not present.

De­fen­dants are not re­quired to be in court for hear­ings, even to re­solve their cases, as long as their at­tor­neys waive their right to be there, State At­tor­ney’s spokesman Mike Ed­mond­son said Fri­day.

Pers­son had faced a charge of petit theft, a first-de­gree mis­de­meanor, pun­ish­able by up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. Prose­cu­tors on June 21 had less­ened it from grand theft of be­tween $300 and $5,000. That’s a third-de­gree felony, pun­ish­able by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

A doc­u­ment did not give a rea­son for the change, and the state at­tor­ney’s of­fice has not com­mented.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port, an of­fi­cer watched se­cu­rity cam­era video that showed a woman later iden­ti­fied as Pers­son don the glasses, walk to a cor­ner of the store, slide them to the top of her head and re­turn to the counter to buy a hand­bag. She then left.

The of­fi­cer, who was pro­vided a de­scrip­tion from the man­ager as well as the video, later spot­ted Pers­son near the store and stopped her. As the two talked, Pers­son took the sun­glasses from her purse and placed them on her head as if they be­longed to her, the of­fi­cer wrote. He said the tags had been re­moved.

The of­fi­cer said Pers­son then said she was go­ing to re­turn the sun­glasses later.


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