Kirsten Dunst’s purse was snatched by robber ‘looking for drugs’

Updated: May 27, 2010, 16:12 PM IST

New York: A lawyer for a robber who snatched Kirsten Dunst’s purse has said that the thief was looking for drugs.

A lawyer for James Jimenez claimed claiming his client was in her SoHo Grand suite because "there were drugs in the room."

Jimenez was tagging along with drug dealer Jarrod Beinerman, who is a major New York drug dealer, according to the lawyer, Robert Parker.

Parker said pot was found in an oversized Balenciago bag owned by Dunst`s assistant, Liat Baruch, which had been revealed at Jimenez`s first trial. He theorized that Beinerman must have been selling drugs to someone at the penthouse for them to go through the tight security.

Beinerman was "selling drugs to someone on the penthouse floor," New York Daily News quoted the lawyer as saying.

"How did those guys get up to the penthouse floor? It`s a very, very secure floor.

"That is completely false and clearly a desperate ploy by the attorney," Stephen Huvane," Dunst’s spokesman said.

Jimenez is charged with an Aug. 2007 break-in at the hotel, where Dunst and actor Simon Pegg were staying while they filmed "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People."

Jiminez told the court he followed a pal into the unlocked suite and didn`t know the buddy snatched Dunst`s 2,000-dollar handbag and Pegg`s iPod and camera.

The hotel room was reserved "for Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst and Ms Dunst`s assistant," said Assistant District Attorney Tricia Stolfi Collins. "They stole jewelry, cameras, cash, purses, telephones, wallets and other pieces of property from the actors and the assistant who left their belongings there for safe keeping."

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