Man accused of stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar will fight charge: Lawyer

Frances Mc Dormand is seen attending the 90th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball at the Hollywood & Highland Center

A lawyer for the man charged with stealing Frances McDormand's Academy Award says he and his client plan to "forcefully and aggressively resist" the allegations against him.

"There is a big difference between holding an Oscar and what he is charged with", said Daniel Brookman, Bryant's attorney.

The Reuters video captured Bryant leaving the ball holding the Oscar and saying, "We got it". Upon not recognising him as one of the winners, he started following the accused before confronting him.

McDormand, 60, won her second best actress Oscar with Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

On Wednesday, Terry Bryant, the man who stole the award appeared in court and pled not guilty.

Terry Bryant, who goes by the name DJ Matari on social media, describes himself to his 1188 Instagram followers as a producer, "A list" entertainment journalist, actor, TV host and United Nations ambassador.

The iconic statue went missing from McDormand's table at the Governor's Ball shortly after the Oscars ceremony took place.

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Frances McDormand, Oscars' Best Actress victor, had her Oscars stolen barely hours after she received the award.

He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of felony grand theft, but had to be briefly hospitalised before he was taken to jail due to a pre-existing medical condition. We got it tonight, baby! Bryant, dressed in a tuxedo, said in a video posted on Facebook.

"Who wants to wish me congratulations?" he asked fellow revelers who were walking by, before posing for several selfies. Bryant said in a video posted on Facebook.

McDormand's representative, Simon Halls, confirmed the trophy was eventually returned to her.

The hapless thief remains in police custody on $20,000 bail.

The police said in a statement: "The incident occurred as Bryant was exiting The Governors Ball. I believe that maybe perhaps his story is a commentary on our whole society and its obsession with its 15 minutes of fame".

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