Fans expecting to see Winona Ryder come a-courtin' Monday for the start of her much anticipated shoplifting trial got some bad news: The circus won't be kicking off until next week.
Last month, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden Fox set the trial date for this morning. But, thanks to scheduling snafus, the case has been put off until October 15.
Ryder's attorney, Mark Geragos, is tied up with another trial and couldn't get away. Fox himself acknowledged that his own docket was full, meaning everyone will be back at the Beverly Hills courthouse in a few days.
"It has been agreed that this matter will be continued to October 15 for jury trial," Fox said during the short hearing.
Just to be safe, though, you better write that date down in pencil.
Fox also hinted the case might be delayed until the 16th or 17th because he has to deal with another case first.
If it ever does start, the trial's expected to last about two weeks, with a 12-person jury to decide whether Winona has sticky fingers.
The actress was arrested last December for allegedly stealing $6,000 worth of merchandise from the 90210-based Saks Fifth Avenue.
Ryder, who turns 31 on October 29, was tagged with grand theft, second-degree burglary, vandalism and unlawful possession of the prescription painkiller oxycodone. She has pleaded innocent to all charges.
Department store workers testified during the preliminary hearing that they saw Ryder cutting off security tags from purses and making off with designer goodies. The Los Angeles District Attorney's office said it planned to introduce new evidence that showed this was not the first time the Mr. Deeds star has committed a bad deed.
While prosecutors did not reveal the nature of the evidence, Newsweek magazine has reported that the Saks bust wasn't the first time the actress went on an unlawful shopping spree.
Prosecutors also announced last month that they were withdrawing a plea deal that could have spared Ryder the embarrassment of a (very) public trial. But her lawyers, who claim she's being unfairly targeted because of her celeb status, insist they never considered making a deal.
"Everyone keeps asking me why doesn't this settle out [of court]. But there is this meddlesome little problem of her not being guilty!" Geragos tells the New York Post.
Geragos also says he will show jurors receipts for all the items Ryder is accused of swiping, as well as a prescription for the oxycodone.
If a jury convicts her of all the allegations, Ryder could face up to three years in prison, but it's more likely she would get off with probation.