No hard time for the Twi-hard accused of videotaping part of The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Charges were dropped against 22-year-old Samantha Tumpach today by Cook County prosecutors, the Associated Press reports. Luckily for Tumpach, New Moon director Chris Weitz had her back.
Tumpach was arrested Nov. 28 in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont and faced a felony charge of illegally copying the film, according to the AP.
She recorded about three minutes of New Moon on her digital camera; however, claimed she had been taping her sister’s birthday party and wasn’t trying to record the movie.
Director Chris Weitz told the Chicago Sun-Times that he wasn’t happy to hear about the Tumpach’s arrest and has contacted the film’s studio about his worries.
He added that there is a difference between trying to protect the film’s copyright and prosecuting someone who “clearly seems not to have any intentions towards video piracy.”