The surveillance tape showing troubled actress Lindsay Lohan shopping at a boutique, where she allegedly stole a $2,500 necklace, could soon hit Internet.
Kamofie & Co. a boutique jewelry store in Venice, California, has sold the surveillance tape to a company that licensed it to a popular entertainment news show to an undisclosed sum.
Customers have stayed away from the store because of the paparazzi and the controversy, Christopher Spencer tells RadarOnline.com exclusively. He also says the money that will be recouped from the release of the video won't come close to covering the loses. There's no profit motive, the entertainment portal Radaronline reported.
Spencer, who identifies himself as an expert in crisis PR, says the video has gone out to the Associated Press, which is handling the licensing and distribution of the tape and still images, it said.
Rights to the tape have been sold in the U.S. and abroad, for TV and the Web. A website, necklacevideo.com, has been created - apparently by the jeweler and The Spencer Company - and promises to stream the surveillance video, without specifying when.
The site contains text that says: The tape speaks for themselves. We plan to release the video streams at this site shortly. It also directs member of the press to the Associated Press should you wish to acquire the rights to publish the content of the surveillance tapes.
Neither side wanted it released, according to a source, radaronline said. Neither side sanctioned this sale. Lindsay Lohan, 24, is accused of felony grand theft for allegedly stealing a necklace valued at 2,500 dollars from Kamofie & Co. near her new home in Venice. The Mean Girls star is due back in court on Thursday, when she must decide whether to accept a plea deal or go to trial.
According to news reports, Lohan tried the necklace on in a high-end jewelry store shortly before it went missing. Investigators have the video of the starlet wearing the missing piece of jewelry inside the store, and obtained a warrant to search Lohan's residence. Before they could be able to serve the warrant, one of Lohan's aides turned it in to police.