THE BLING Ring gained notoriety after a series of burglaries in which several Hollywood personalities were targeted.
After stealing countless items from Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and others, Rachel Lee was accused of being the leader of the group.
Who is Bling Ring member Rachel Lee?
Rachel Lee is a former burglar turned hairdresser from Calabasas, California.
She was previously a member of the Bling Ring; a group of bandits who have stolen millions of dollars worth of items from many celebrities.
On October 22, 2009, Lee and five other alleged co-conspirators were arrested for burglarizing the homes of:
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At that time, Lee was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and receiving stolen property.
Although she was accused of being the leader of the Bling Ring, most of the charges were dismissed.
However, on October 26, 2011, she was found guilty in connection with the burglary of Audrina Patridge’s home; she did not raise any objection.
Lee was sentenced to four years in prison, but only served one year and four months; She was released on probation.
Where is Lee now?
Since coverage of the bling ring died down and she was released from prison, Lee has pursued a career in cosmetology. She is believed to still live in California.
Recalling her case years later, Lee recalled: “As a teenager I was looking for love in all the wrong places and when I realized it was too late and I was in prison.”
she said Us weekly: “I really feel like prison was a blessing, the best thing that ever happened to me.”
“I realized that at the end of the day you can only trust yourself.
“If I could do it over again, I would have made the right decisions instead of the wrong ones.”
How can I watch The Ringleader?
On October 1, 2023, Lee tells her version of events in the documentary The Ringleader: The Case of the Bling Ring.
“The Ringleader” is scheduled to premiere on HBO and will be available on Max.
“When I went into a celebrity house and tried on their clothes, I was able to live in their world,” Lee explains during the special.
“I didn’t like my world. Most people, if they saw me on the street, would say, ‘Oh, she’s just a normal person.’
“But there is always fear. What if they realize who I am and what I did with the bling ring?”