Sofia Coppola's 'Bling Ring' Film May Have Jeopardized Real-Life Criminal Case

Sofia Coppola's 'Bling Ring' Film May Have Jeopardized Real-Life Criminal Case

Apr 20, 2012

A new story popped up surrounding Sofia Coppola's upcoming adaptation of real-life crime case about the "Bling Ring" kids. You'll remember them as that group of teens and 20-somethings that burglarized the homes of Hollywood starlets like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Orlando Bloom — you know, just cuz. Coppola's film will star Emma Watson, Kirsten Dunst, and Taissa Farmiga (Vera's sister). Now the L.A. Times is reporting that the film could hurt the real-life case for the young thugs, some of who are still awaiting trial.

A big part of the problem, however, centers on Detective Brett Goodkin. He's the police officer that played a major role in closing the case, and his testimony is crucial for the trials of Diana Tamayo, Roy Lopez, and Courtney Ames. Goodkin botched things when he agreed to be an adviser on the movie and play himself on the big screen. The issue is that the case hasn't fully come to court, so even though police offers are often consulted in Hollywood, Goodkin jumped the gun. 
"This looks very unsavory, and it could make a big difference in attacking the credibility of the investigator,” one criminal defense attorney told the Times. "Clearly, it presents a conflict of interest if someone’s investigation becomes oriented toward creating a story or entertainment. It’s certainly going to taint the investigation’s motives and make them look unprofessional." 
Goodkin shared that "All she [Coppola] knew ... was very generic cop kind of stuff, ensuring that her end product was plausible.” The officer received between $5,000 and $6,000 for his work on the film, which doesn't seem like a heck of a lot to warrant throwing an entire criminal case into question. Greedy cop? Oblivious? Won't affect the case? Let us know what you think below.

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