The 2008-2009 Bling Ring Heist is one of the most unforgettable true crime stories of this era. According to The US Sun, a group of young adults targeted celebrities’ homes and stole nearly $3 million in 12 months. The group included Rachel Lee, who was considered the mastermind, Nick Prugo, Courtney Ames, Diana Tamayo, and Alexis Neiers. The bling ring has been stolen by high profile celebrities such as Rachel Bilson, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom.
After many break-ins, the Bling Ring was finally caught when Lohan produced security footage to police and authorities found out who the thieves were, according to People. The most notable of the group was Neiers, who was starring on a reality show called Pretty Wild at the time of her arrest. The show showed her dealing with the aftermath of her crimes and facing up to six years in prison. Neiers served just six months in prison with three years probation Los Angeles Times.
Meanwhile, Bilson opened up about the home invasion on “Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino” in 2021, per E! News. The Bling Ring had targeted her home five times, and one of the members had reportedly used her bathroom. “I thought that was more invasive than stealing my purses,” Bilson laughed. “But yeah, you know, they were young and hopefully the others learned too.” Now, over a decade later, Bilson finally confronted one of the members of the bling ring.
Rachel Bilson forgives these Bling Ring members
On October 10, 2022, Rachel Bilson surprisingly invited Alexis Neiers and her younger sister Gabby Neiers to her podcast, Broad Ideas with Rachel Bilson. As reported by Bustle, Alexis Bilson said she wasn’t present when the Bling Ring members stole from her home, but Gabby, who was 15 at the time, was. “I am grateful that you allow me to be here [apologize] face to face,” Gabby told Bilson. “I wish I could take it back. It’s been a living nightmare for you for the past 10 years, 11 years… I’ve kept you from feeling safe in your home and I’m so sorry.
Bilson explained to the Neiers sisters how she felt a “sense of hurt” but forgave Gabby and told her to forgive herself too. “You obviously have regrets. I’ve put the actual incidents behind me for so long. It’s so important for you and as a mother that you let go completely,” the actress said.
After her appearance on Pretty Wild, Gabby left the spotlight and made a new life for herself. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and married Brandon Hames in 2018 on The Cinemaholic. Together they have a son, Atticus, and a daughter, Astrid. Alexis was arrested again in 2010 for heroin possession, according to Page Six. Since then, she’s spent a year in rehab and has been sober for over 10 years, proving she’s finally changed her life.