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Kirsten Dunst is apparently better at banter onscreen than off.
So it was today ast the Spider-Man star took the stand for 30 minutes of rambling, giggling testimony in the burglary trial of a mechanic believed to be the mastermind of a 2007 heist of $15,000-plus worth of goodies from Dunst's hotel room
James Jimenez, 35, is accused of sneaking into actress' unlocked penthouse suite at the SoHo Grand Hotel while she was in town filming the 2008 comedy How To Lose Friends and Alienate People with Simon Pegg and Megan Fox.
Prosecutors allege Jiminez and Jarrod Beinerman, 34, made off with a $13,000 Balenciaga bag, a $2,500 Marc Jacobs handbag, her wallet, credit cards, iPod, cash, cell phone, two cameras, and yes, even lip balm.
The 27-year-old Dunst told jurors she had been in the suite with Pegg, some crew members and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein watching YouTube clips and eating takeout from Nobu. The two actors then left to shoot their final scenes when the bandits struck...
"It was our last night of filming, so we were celebrating," she said. Upon returning to the room, her assistant noticed something was amiss—and a-missing. Including her pricey purse.
"It was probably a $2,000 purse," Dunst said, per the New York Daily News. "It had $2,000 in it, a pair of sunglasses, my wallet with all my credit cards." She let out a giggle when she remembered the lip balm was also AWOL.
Following her to the stand was Pegg (Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead), who told the court his reaction to the break-in.
"It dawns on you slowly because, obviously, you don't want to think that happened," he said.
Jimenez has pleaded innocent. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years behind bars. His accomplice, Beinerman, already pleaded guilty last year to attempted burglary and was given a four-year prison term.
Prosecutors look to have a solid case. Both men were not only spotted on surveillance video entering the suite, but a production assistant also saw them and testified that the two pretended to be maintenance workers who had come to fix the drain.
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