On the night of the 2009 Academy Awards, Audrina Partridge returned to her Hollywood home, only to discover that a suitcase containing new clothes and many other belongings had been stolen. “After my house was broken into, I was more terrified than I had ever been in my life,” Patridge says in the new Netflix documentary, The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist. “I was thinking they were going to kill me.” Apparently, Patridge was so worried that the burglars were still in the house that she locked herself in a closet and called for help to get her there.
Now, you may not remember their names, but if you were aware during the 2000s, you’ve definitely heard about a group of wild precocious teens called the Bling Ring, who were arrested for burglarizing the homes of celebrities, including Patridge. Although the crimes and lives of this gang of thieves were well documented on Alexis Neiers’ 2010 reality show, pretty wilda 2010 vanity fair feature called “Suspect wore Louboutins”, other in Sofia Coppola’s adaptation of the 2013 events the shining ringWe remember the last few years. The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist promises to shed new light on this old story, this time letting Bling Ring members Alexis Neiers and Nick Prugo tell their own perspective on events, including a different version of Patridge’s robbery.
Unless you were living under a rock (no Internet!) in 2009, you’ve probably heard of the string of robberies that plagued Hollywood’s elite. The homes of stars such as Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom were broken into and robbed, the amount of stolen items amounting to millions of dollars. The perpetrators were young teenagers, barely out of high school. Prugo, who started stealing valuables with his friend Rachel Lee, described himself as a poor member of affluent families in his hometown of Calabasas, California. Lee declined to comment or participate in the documentary.
Neiers and Prugo describe themselves as impressionable lost children, clinging to an escape from lives they felt weren’t good enough for them. How much more The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist I tried to contextualize the lives and actions of Neiers and Prugo, the more confusing the documentary becomes. The two even have opposing thoughts about who was the expensive from The Bling Ring. Prugo even says that it bothers him that Neiers was considered the leader of his group in the public eye. Prugo mentions that he was also unhappy with actor Israel Broussard, who played him in the shining ring Film adaptation. When asked who he thought should have played him, he replied, “Like a super young Tom Cruise?”
After watching the documentary, you might be wondering: where are these people now? While spending three hours with these people might be more than enough for some viewers, here’s what we were able to find out about what Bling Ring is up to right now. Lee, the purported leader of the Bling Ring, has been living mostly under the radar, avoiding publicity and speaking to the press. he reads that sentenced to four years in state prisonbut it ended serving 16 months for his connection to the robberies. He still works and lives in California.
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Prugo was the first of the group to be arrested and confess to the robberies. prugo begged There is no answer to the robberies in the house of Lindsay Lohan and Audrina Patridge. Y one year of his two-year jail sentence. He is requesting a certification of rehabilitation and a pardon from the Governor. So, Prugo is now married to her husband five years, and has an online business with him. Neiers did not contest a felony charge, serving 32 days in the county jail for the robbery of Orlando Bloom’s home. She who then sentenced to one year in residential rehab for his drug addiction. Neiers has been sober for eleven years and is busy raising her two children, spending time advocating for people struggling with substance abuse.
If you’re still hungry for more Bling Ring content, you’re going to have to sit back and watch Sofia Coppola’s movie again, because there likely won’t be any more details to uncover about these former teen thieves.
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