Kamofie & Co., the jewelry store which is accusing actress Lindsay Lohan of stealing at $2,500 necklace from their store, released a statement on why they chose to sell the surveillance video of the actress in the store to the press.
"With regard to the question of Lindsay Lohan's guilt or innocence, we repeat that Kamofie and Company never gave permission to Ms. Lohan to remove the necklace from the store," Christopher Spencer, a spokesperson for store, said in a statement Monday to OnTheRedCarpet.com parent company, KABC Television. "The rest is up to the jury."
The video was sold by a representative of Kamofie to a commercial images unit of The Associated Press, which then licensed it exclusively to "Entertainment Tonight." The footage aired on the show on Monday. The video is key evidence in determining if the actress is guilty of felony grand theft.
Spencer continued, "The bottom line is we felt there was far too much speculation about the video recording, and that it was right for the public to be able to see the video itself."
"The video would be released during the actual trial anyway, as has been explained by several prominent criminal attorneys. Release of the video at this time does not violate any law, and we believe its release should have no impact on the outcome of the criminal proceeding," Spencer said.
In the 42 minutes of footage, the troubled actress can be seen trying on jewelry from four different cameras before she allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace.
Lohan is accused of stealing the necklace on Jan. 22, three weeks after she was released from court-ordered rehab. The Los Angeles Police Department issued a search warrant on Feb. 2 for Lohan's home to try to find the necklace, but it was returned to police before the warrant was served.
Shawn Holley, Lohan's lawyer has said the actress' case is "entirely defensible" but that they "will entertain a discussion concerning a plea if it means no jail so that she can move forward with her recovery and her career."
Lohan's three stints behind bars have each lasted 84 minutes, 14 days and 15 hours - the last of which occurred in September after she failed a drug test and wrote about it on her Twitter page.