The other "Twilight" saga — this one starring a 22-year-old moviegoer arrested for bootlegging footage from "New Moon" — ended with a whimper Friday when prosecutors dropped a felony piracy charge against her.
"Common sense prevailed," Scott Slonim, chief of the public defender’s office representing Tumpach in Rolling Meadows, Ill., wrote in an email to TheWrap.
Employees called police to the Muvico theater in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont when they spotted Tumpach wielding her digital camera during a Nov. 28 screening of the "Twilight" sequel. She was arrested with about three minutes of "New Moon" snippets, including credits, interspersed with personal footage from her sister’s birthday party, which they were celebrating at the cineplex.
Tumpach had been booked on a charge of criminal use of a motion-picture facility, a Class 4 felony that carries a potential three-year prison sentence. The movie theater, part of the Fort Lauderdale, Fl.-based Muvico theater chain, said in a statement released to TheWrap on Tuesday that they were enforcing their zero-tolerance policy and simply sounded the alarm — "It is then up to prosecutorial discretion to determine the seriousness of any charges that might be leveled."