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Ex-Miss Russia -- Drugs Blamed In Shoplifting Arrest

4/28/2011 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former Miss Russia Anna Malova's alleged shoplifting spree this week was a direct result of the ex-beauty queen's debilitating drug addiction -- this according to Anna's lawyer.

Miss Russia Shoplifting

The lawyer, Robert Gottlieb, tells TMZ, "There is no question that what happened this week, as well as the other [arrests] were all drug-related ... She is not a criminal."

According to Gottlieb, Anna is fully aware she has serious problems -- and has already voluntarily entered a treatment center.

Anna has a history of drug issues -- in fact, she was busted back in February 2010 for allegedly stealing her doctor's prescription pad and supplying herself with Rx painkillers ... and her lawyer claims, the shoplifting is just a nasty byproduct of her drug addiction.

Anna -- who was Miss Russia back in 1998 -- was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly pilfering a pair of sandals and a hat from a Manhattan clothing store ... and has since been charged with criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.

Anna's due back in court in May for the shoplifting charges.


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SmokeyB    

If you commit crimes you ARE a criminal. It's ridiculous to suggest that you're "not a criminal" because you have an addiction.

And @LolaMonroe123 - Didn't read, not on topic, too long and too many caps.

1217 days ago
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karen darvin    

i think that what he meant is what I have said in reference to Lindsey Lohan and winona ryder stealing, it is not for drug money but goes hand in hand with prescription drug abuse often. Certainly not in every case.but I think it depends on which pain killers it is and if mental issues are involved, and they usually are.Prescription drug abuse can seriously mess up your brain, esp when you get into oxys etc

1217 days ago
18.

jmo    

she needs help, rehab asap!

1217 days ago
19.

TMP    

Stealing a script pad to forge a script for drugs.. Shoplifting spree and “She is NOT a criminal”? What would you call that then? An average day in the life of this person? Insane.

Personal responsibility is a fleeting trait to have in this day and age. (Looking at you Lohan).

Seriously, why do people, not just celebrities think they can do whatever they want, illegal or not, and then NOT take any responsibility for it when they get caught?

Committing a crime and then blaming it on drugs… classy.. But let’s not forget, her drug addition is HER FAULT as well.

1217 days ago
20.

justsaying    

LMAO! What the hell do you mean she's not a criminal? She stole. I don't care if it was pills or alcohol that made her do it. But then again, she's a hot blonde and she's white, so maybe, just maybe, she did't steal.

1217 days ago
21.

Sociopaths are Sad    

She's gorgeous. But her nose looks all bloated and stuff. Coke? You know she's an aspiring doctor.... LOL!!!!

1217 days ago
22.

Terry    

I don't understand why we tolerate this behavior by all these foreign celebrities, ex-celebrities, celebrity wannabe's, supermodels, musicians, and sport stars.

Cancel her visa and just deport her. Forget the trial.

Don't stop there. Permanently pull the visas from the likes of Mel Gibson, Naomi Campbell, Hugh Grant, Miguel Cabrera, etc. They can ply their trade from their home countries where they still choose to commit crimes while we can still enjoy the benefits of their skills if we choose.

1217 days ago
23.

middleagedcrazy    

Creepy bit of goods --

Why hasn't she married some US idiot for her residency and had her baby yet? Then she can accuse the US idiot of child abuse or spousal abuse. Must be angry that the older beauty queen hasn't 'produced' yet.

How old is this person?

Tee hee

1217 days ago
24.

electriczipper    

I think I know this chick

1217 days ago
25.

c    

Wow, SHE was Miss Russia? That is the best looking chick Russia has to offer? No wonder the men drink so much vodka.

1217 days ago
26.

middleagedcrazy    

Hasn't she done this multiple times over the past year?

Just asking because I remember some story about it that the 'drug' excuse was used a few times before.

If she is deported, do you think Putin will give her a parade and a TV show like Anna Chapman?

Tee hee

1217 days ago
27.

TheHOLETruth    

I feel a need to dissect this craziness….
Her attorney:, "There is no question that what happened this week, as well as the other [arrests] were all drug-related ... She is not a criminal."
[One crime doesn’t [in my opinion make one a criminal-but this chick has committed [CRIME[S]]
According to Gottlieb, Anna is fully aware she has serious problems -- and has already voluntarily entered a treatment center.
{As we have all learned from following TMZ, the first thing attorneys tell their clients is to check themselves into rehab-that will provide the celebrity judges grounds to give them Celebrity Justice]

…she was busted back in February 2010 for allegedly stealing her doctor's prescription pad and supplying herself with Rx painkillers
[you want to guess what her sentencing was… I’m going to guess court fees, 50hrs community services, and a bogus probation]. Maybe she could hook up with Ox for the “monetary”
... and her lawyer claims, the shoplifting is just a nasty byproduct of her drug addiction.
[Yes, shoplifting is a nasty byproduct of her drug addiction. When you blow your money on drugs you then steal. Other by-products is prostitution, murder, assault parental neglect, HIV/AIDs, etc.] Why is he stating the obvious?

…arrested on Tuesday for allegedly pilfering a pair of sandals and a hat from a Manhattan clothing store ... and has since been charged with criminal POSSESION of stolen property and petit larceny.
{Are you getting the impression that a little plea bargaining has already transpired… you have to love this country-totally NUTS-They probably dropped the thief charge and reduced it to POSCESSION? Of course she was in possession, SHE STOLE THEM-Duhhhhhh]

Anna's due back in court in May for the shoplifting charges… and will be patted on the wrist, court cost and some attend a half hour, dumb California politically correct on “Tolerance, Diversity and Respecting the Property of Others” class
The Obama administration is AGAINST deport illegals who commit crime while in the country

1217 days ago
28.

Carl    

Uhhh.... committing a crime is what makes you a criminal. So yes, she is a criminal. She may not be a hardened criminal, but criminal she is.

1217 days ago
29.

richard pierce    

The lawyer, Robert Gottlieb, tells TMZ, "There is no question that what happened this week, as well as the other [arrests] were all drug-related ... She is not a criminal."
Hello - for sure we know her shyster lawyer is an idiot! Shoplifting IS a criminal act you stupid bastard!

1217 days ago
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middleagedcrazy    

I am sure Putin will throw a parade and give her a TV show -- just like showing Anna Chapman and their difficult lives (how DARE we object to theft) for the ignorant 'masses.'

Well, at least she is prettier than most of the s*** we have been seeing in the tabloids.

Tee hee

1217 days ago
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