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By Damilola Faustino

A Los Angeles judge has ordered a man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Best Actress Oscar statuette to stand trial on a felony grand theft charge.

Frances McDormand

Superior Court Judge Mark Hanasono said that there was sufficient evidence for Terry Bryant to stand trial.

The ruling came after a hearing in which a worker with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences testified about taking the Oscar away from Bryant as he tried to leave the ceremony’s official afterparty.

“God is on my side,” Bryant was heard saying in court after the ruling. Bryant is due to be arraigned Aug. 8.

McDormand won the award for Best Actress in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and lost the statuette after having it engraved at the ceremony’s Governors Ball.

Read also: Omotola Jalade, Femi Odugbemi, 2 Other Nigerians On Oscars 2018 List

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