Lainie Kazan's Attorney Speaks Out About Her Arrest

After the star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding was arrested, her lawyer said she’s “not a shoplifter."

By Elyse Dupre Dec 29, 2017 4:09 PMTags
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Lainie Kazan's attorney Mark Werksman is speaking out about her arrest.

"Lainie is not a shoplifter. Nor has she ever left a Gelsons store without paying for her groceries," Werksman told E! News about the My Big Fat Greek Wedding star. "This was a misunderstanding by Gelsons employees who did not give her a chance to pay for her groceries before detaining her. We look forward to resolving these charges in court where we are confident she will be exonerated."

My Big Fat Greek Wedding's Lainie Kazan Arrested for Shoplifting

The 77-year-old actress, who played Toula Portokalos' mom in the 2002 comedy film and its 2016 sequel, was arrested earlier this week for allegedly stealing groceries. TMZ reported Kazan stole $180 worth of groceries from Gelson's supermarket and claimed she had allegedly tried shoplifting before.

E! News reached out to Gelson's for comment.


A police spokesperson confirmed to E! News that Kazan was cited for shoplifting and released but offered no further details.