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BEVERLY HILLS—According to the Associated Press, actress Winona Ryder pleaded innocent Tuesday to four felony counts of theft, burglary, vandalism and possession of a controlled substance, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said.

Ryder was arrested Dec. 12 for allegedly stealing about $4,800 in clothing from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. Police said she also possessed the painkiller Oxycontin, a morphine derivative, without a prescription.

The 30-year-old actress faces up to three years and eight months in prison if convicted, but could also be sentenced to probation.

When asked why she stole the items Ryder replied, “My God! Didn’t you see Lost Souls? I really needed the money.”

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