Can Winona ride the storm of scandal? Hollywood heavies weigh in on the possible damage done to the broken-winged actress' career
Winona Ryder
Credit: Winona Ryder: Fred Prousser/Reuters/TimePix

If they gave out awards for courtroom drama, Winona Ryder’s pretrial hearing would have been an Oscar-worthy scene. At press time, she was scheduled to reappear in court on June 6, but it’s difficult to imagine that encore matching the high jinks of the Monday, June 3, proceedings, a tragicomic masterpiece rife with intrigue, absurdity, and, natch, a killer wardrobe.

The doe-eyed Ryder, 30, who has pleaded not guilty to four felony charges stemming from her December shoplifting arrest, began the day AWOL. As her attorney Mark Geragos argued the prosecution was out to get the actress and should be removed from the case, Los Angeles Judge Elden S. Fox (who’ll rule on the lawyer’s motion later this month) demanded that Geragos produce his client. Ryder arrived and made her way through the press frenzy to a courtroom filled with allegedly filched merchandise — a Marc Jacobs thermal top here, a black Natori handbag there. She took notes as a Saks security chief detailed her wacky shopping spree. The witness said security cameras captured the formerly loot-laden Ryder emerging from a dressing room ”no longer plainly in possession of [all] items.”

Returning to court after lunch, Ryder claimed to have been struck in the arm by a rogue camera. Judge Fox examined the actress and excused her to seek medical attention, ordering journalists to remain seated as she departed. Later, even her injury came under cross-examination: Ryder reps said she had a fractured right elbow — a re-break of the arm she snapped on Sony’s ”Mr. Deeds” set last year. Prosecutors wondered publicly why she’d been seen cradling her left arm after the collision. Geragos told EW she was holding her left arm to ”elevate” her right elbow. ”They insinuated she was somehow faking an injury,” he seethed. ”They know that wasn’t the case.” (The arm is now in a splint.)