The footage, which was previewed on Monday and posted on the show's website Tuesday, shows Lohan entering the Kamofie & Co. jewelry store in Venice, Calif. and trying on a necklace. The store later reported that the 24-year-old actress had taken the $2,500 item without permission. She was charged with felony grand theft by Los Angeles prosecutors.
According to RadarOnline.com, the jewelry store Kamofie & Co. sold the video footage to various outlets and made more than $35,000.
The video's broadcast premiere comes two days before Lohan is due back in court to tell a judge whether she will accept a plea bargain (with guaranteed jail time) or dispute the charges in court.
Legal experts, such as ABC News' Dan Abrams, have said the sale of the surveillance tape could affect the case although it was not illegal for the jewelry store to do so. "They can try and profit off of it and, as a result, they can hurt the prosecution's case," Abrams said Monday on Good Morning America. "The fact that it's being sold may actually lead Lindsay Lohan to decide not to agree to [a plea bargain]."
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