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Winona Ryder Opens Up About that Whole Shoplifting Thing


Winona spoke recently for the first time about her reaction to her December 2001 shoplifting arrest, making the valid point that, in December 2001, it’s not exactly what the nation needed to be focused on.

“I didn’t have this tremendous sense of guilt, because I hadn’t hurt anyone,” Ryder tells Vogue magazine for its August cover story. “Had I physically harmed someone or caused harm to a human being, I think it would have been an entirely different experience.”

Her personal reaction, she says, was “I never said a word. I didn’t release a statement. I didn’t do anything. I just waited for it to be over.”

Still, she says, “The attention was what was embarrassing.” She also expresses dismay that one day the news of her arrest topped stories on the supposed capture of Osama bin Laden.

She also kinda-sorta talks about her kinda-sorta drug problem.

“Two months prior to that, I broke my arm in two places, and the doctor, a sort of quack doctor, was giving me a lot of stuff and I was taking it at first to get through the pain. And then there was this weird point when you don’t know if you are in pain but you’re taking it.”

She said painkillers of the type she was on – such as Oxycodone, which should not be confused with OxyContin – left her in a state of “confusion,” but that her arrest “in a very weird way, was a blessing, because I couldn’t do that [painkillers] anymore.”

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  • Funny story. When I was hooked on Vicoden, I was bold and unrepentant. Even when I was caught on camera, and had to go to jail, I was too numb to think it was ME that had the problem. At least Winona can get a role in Mr. Deeds returns! Alas, I had to go to rehab. Whatever.

  • Why did everybody care at the point about her shoplifting? I mean yeah, she is a movie star and all, but who gives a DAMN! Everybody has practically done it sometime in their life. I have once or twice.

    About the drugs…? Bah!