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Stars hit hard by Bling Ring gang

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ORLANDO Bloom found it difficult to trust people after his home was robbed.

The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor lost around $500,000 worth of his possessions - including his prized watch collections - in a burglary last year, and admits the intricate nature of how his items were taken made him immediately suspect a close friend or employee was responsible.

Testifying before a Los Angeles County grand jury in late June, Orlando - whose home was described by detectives as a "bat cave" because it can't be seen from the street or air - said: "It's just awful because you are suddenly second-guessing everything.

"You are like, 'Who has been in my house?' You know, the value of things kind of fades away. It's really about who is it, who am I starting to question?"

Rachel Bilson was another victim of the six-member group - dubbed the 'Bling Ring' gang - and says she was left so traumatised by the burglaries, she considered selling her house.

In her testimony - which has only just been made public - she told the court: "It took me a while to feel comfortable staying there. I wouldn't sleep in my bedroom for about a month.

"And I was convinced that I needed to sell my house and get out of there, because I was very scared. But I'm still there."

Lindsay Lohan also admitted she would never go back to her Los Angeles home after black fingerprints left on the wall by burglars left her feeling violated.

She said: "That night I went back to the house, I just felt, to be honest, so violated and uncomfortable that I literally packed as much stuff as I could because it wasn't about the things that were taken, it was just the fact that someone came into the only private space that I have in my life at this point.

"I don't ever plan on going back to that house. It was like, such an invasion of privacy, and it's just eerie."

Other stars to testify in the case included Brian Austin Green, Paris Hilton and Audrina Patridge.

Aspiring model Alexis Neires has served 30 days in jail for the burglaries, which took place between October 2008 and August 2009, after agreeing a plea deal.

Nicholas Frank Prugo, Rachel Lee, Roy Lopez Jr., Courtney Leigh Ames and Diana Tamayo will face trial after pleading not guilty to residential burglary.


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