Rachel Bilson revealed the one aspect of being a victim of the 2009 Bling Ring robberies that she still can’t quite get over, and it’s not the $100,000-plus worth of stuff that got stolen from her house.
During an appearance on Danny Pellegrino’s podcast, Everything Iconic, the actor opened up about the experience of having her home robbed on six separate occasions in April and May of 2009, losing almost $130,000 in personal items. The infamous group of teens responsible for burglarizing multiple celebrities’ Los Angeles homes, dubbed the Bling Ring, was covered by Nancy Jo Sales in a Vanity Fair article that was later turned into a 2013 film of the same name by Sofia Coppola.
“You know, it was kind of crazy at the time,” Bilson confided to the podcast’s host. “I guess they came into my house five different times and took everything, and even one girl gave an interview, she was like, ‘I got so comfortable going in her house, I took a shit in her bathroom!’ And I was like, that’s more invasive than stealing my purses,” she said with a laugh. “But yeah, you know, they were young, and hopefully the others learned as well. Who knows? I mean, that’s all you can hope for at this point.”
As noted in the Sales article, one of the group’s members, Nick Prugo, called his associate Rachel Lee “the driving force of the burglary crew,” telling Sales how relaxed and focused she was when burglarizing the houses. During a trip to Bilson’s home, she even “took the time to go into the bathroom and have a bowel movement,” Sales wrote. Bilson’s Marc Jacobs handbag was one of the items LAPD found in the home of fellow Bling Ring member Alexis Neiers that led to her arrest. And another of Bilson’s personal items was also used as evidence against member Tess Taylor, who tried out for an Axe body spray commercial wearing a vest that belonged to the actor, according to police.
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