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Hollywood hottie and party girl Kirsten Dunst, testifying in court in a purse snatching case, said that she doesn’t smoke marijuana. Asked if she used pot, the Spider-Man actress answered with a curt “No.”
“I don’t,” said Dunst, who was testifying at the retrial of a man accused of stealing her purse from a penthouse suite at the SoHo Grand Hotel, reports Laura Italiano at the New York Post.
Dunst was, however, quick to throw her personal assistant, Liat Baruch, under the bus, saying that Baruch did smoke pot.
Baruch remained loyal, testifying that her boss, Dunst, did not know about the pot, reports Melissa Grace at the New York Daily News.
“I had a little bit of marijuana in my bag,” Baruch admitted at the trial.
“I was planning on smoking it after we wrapped, after work,” she said of the all-night movie shoot where she had worked that night.
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When a defense attorney asked Dunst if she had ever publicly said that pot should be made legal and advocated its use — which, by many news accounts, she has — she was barred from answering by the judge, who disallowed the question.
“I’ve tried drugs,” Dunst told Britain’s Live magazine in 2007. “I do like weed. I have a different outlook on marijuana than America does.”
“I’ve never been a major smoker, but I think America’s view on weed is ridiculous,” Dunst said three years ago. “I mean — are you kidding me? If everyone smoked weed, the world would be a better place.”
“My best friend Sasha’s dad was Carl Sagan, the astronomer,” Dunst continued. “He was the biggest pot-smoker in the world, and he was a genius.”
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James Jimenez, who is accused, along with a co-defendant, of stealing Dunst’s $2,000 handbag, is trying to bolster his defense by reminding jurors, over and over, that Dunst’s assistant had a baggie of marijuana in her own handbag, which was also stolen.
Drugs became an issue in the case of James Jiminez when his lawyer claimed Jiminez was at the hotel with a friend who was selling drugs on the penthouse floor.
“There were drugs in that room,” Robert Parker told jurors. Parker claimed that his client “obviously had permission to be there.”
Dunst’s assistant, Baruch. said the film star did not know about the cannabis and that no one working on the film knew either of the men involved in the burglary, whom she said did not have permission to enter the suite.
Jiminez’s first trial, at which Dunst also testified, ended in mistrial after a holdout juror believed the suspect was too clueless to reliaze his co-defendant was “casing” and robbing the place as they wandered for about an hour through restricted areas of the high-dollar hotel.
Jiminez, a Brooklyn car mechanic who is also a convicted shoplifter and car thief, faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. He has already rejected a two-year plea bargain prison deal.
His co-defendant, Jarrod Beinerman, is serving a four-year prison term for the burglary after pleading guilty.