On February 26, 2015, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department West Hollywood Station found itself embroiled in an investigation regarding the astronomical theft of Oscar proportions. Actress Lupita Nyong’o was staying at the London Hotel, in West Hollywood, following her appearance at the Oscar’s Awards, held on Sunday, February, 22, 2015, when her red-carpet dress, valued at over $150,000, was stolen. The London Hotel representatives are said to be cooperating in the law enforcement investigation.
Lupita Nyong’o, age 31, is a Mexican –Kenyan actress and film director.
She first came into the spotlight when she played the role of Patsey in Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave”, a film documenting the journey of Solomon Northup, a free African American who was sold into slavery.
Nyong’o’s performance was so remarkable that she was thrust onto all of the award ceremonies red-carpets for best supporting actress (including the Golden Globes, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild, and academy Awards). It was on these red carpets that Nyong’o’s light really began to shine. Her beauty was breathtaking and top designers were oh too happy to have her native darkness be the canvas for their confections.
Most recently, Nyong’o made headlines again as one of the best dressed red-carpet walkers in a stunning, plunging custom-made Calvin Klein gown, which featured 6,000 white Akoya pearls, valued at least $150,000. Nyong’o was a contributor to its design.
“It was so much fun to create this dress, …we talked about it being fluid and liquid. I wanted it to be an homage to the sea.” ~ Lupita Nyong’o, award winning actress.
Now, she can only relish in the memories of wearing it…and hope that paparazzi got some good pictures. Someone liked the dress a little more than she did, as they relieved her of it while she lodged at the London Hotel, in West Hollywood. Representatives of the London Hotel showed their regret regarding the theft in a statement of cooperation with law enforcement’s investigation.
“This is a terribly unfortunate situation and we are working with law enforcement on their investigation.” ~statement from London Hotel representatives.
This examiner contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department West Hollywood Station, on February 26, 2015 at 6:30p.m., to speak to investigating Detective Bowman, who is assigned to the case. Detective Bowman does not have a voice mail that has been set up. Detective Bureau Secretary, Shaunta, informed this examiner that Detective Bowman was currently unavailable, working on another case. Inquiries regarding the status of recovery of the dress, suspects, charges or any evidence that hotel employees may have been involved went unanswered.