My Blog__ The Bling Ring: When The Rich Rob The Super Rich
This is an old post I found deep the depths of my drafts. It was written 4/28/10.
Last month, Vanity Fair published a four-page story about Hollywood's most lavish teenage burglary gang, The Bling Ring. Robbing the homes of Paris Hilton, Audrina Patridge, Rachel Bilson, Lindsay Lohan and Brian Green and his girlfriend, Megan Fox these well-off California teenagers are now in deep. They face jail time - they collectively took over $3 million in jewelry, designer clothes, cash, drugs and accessories - plus mental break-down equals bye-bye Louboutins.
"The thieves apparently had a taste for luxury brands: Chanel, Gucci, Tiffany, Cartier, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Yves Saint Laurent. They allegedly stole clothes, shoes, handbags, makeup, perfume, underwear. They also took Green’s Sig Sauer .380 semi-automatic handgun."
The heists were mainly powered by two friends, Rachel Lee - who wanted to steal because “these were women with, like, fashion sense - and Nick Prugo, a troubled teen with A.D.H.D. The article portrays Lee as the master mind: a girl so obsessed with dressing like a celebrity, she manipulated her friends into helping her rob their homes. Prugo, who was allegedly "in love" with Lee, helped her along to break into the celebrity mansions stealing drugs. He admits that he had a cocaine problem and was excited about the 5 gram jack pot in Hilton's house.
“While this activity started as a twisted adventure for Prugo and his small group of friends fueled by celebrity worship,” says the L.A.P.D. report, “it quickly mushroomed into an organized criminal enterprise.”
Sadly, one of the other teenagers connected to this fucked-up Robin Hood tale is five seconds from fame. Alexis Neier teaches pole dancing, hip hop and spends a good portion of her time trying to "be Angelina Jolie". She also stars in Pretty Wild, a program about her and her female siblings "wild partying".
Here is Alexis being interviewed for the Vanity Fair piece.
Remember that Larry Clark movie Bully? The Bling Ring reminds me of Bully; just a bunch of spoiled brats who got caught-up in the fantasy of "bad ass". If a tree falls in the woods, and no one is around to hear it, did it actually fall? It's like, if Lee steals from Hilton's closet and the surveillance videos don't catch it, did she actually break into Paris Hilton's house with the key that was "hidden" UNDER THE DOOR MAT? (Yes, she did.)
When Lee was caught she tried to negotiate with the police by asking if she revealed where all the stolen items were, would she be exempt from punishment? Once she realized this wasn't an episode of Gossip Girl, and that she was facing real criminal charges, she started to dry heave.
“Lee asked Detective [Leanne] Hoffman,” of the L.A.P.D., “if she had spoken to the victims. Hoffman replied that she had spoken to all of the victims. Lee became excited and asked, ‘What did Lindsay say?’”
All the little thieves were caught although most of them are being protected by top-notch lawyers. Prugo admitted to everything and will face criminal charges for the seven robberies plus possibly two-six years in prison, Neiers is getting off easy (and still "partying with DiCaprio") and Lee "has been charged with three counts of residential burglary of the homes of Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Audrina Patridge."
What offends me here is not the robbing, in fact, kudos for having the balls to break into a high-profile celebrity's home, steal their precious designer dresses and then "have a bowel movement" before taking off to the next heist. It's the fact that these wealthy teens even dreamed of jewelry, leggings, cocaine and one-of-a-kind Chanel boots. Do these kids have no other culture to participate in aside from the one developing between Lohan's ass cheeks? This story makes me sad.
(Update: Alexis went to jail.)
Via Vanity Fair