Actress Candice Bergen (search) breezed into the Manhattan District Attorney's Office Monday to testify to grand jurors about the alleged "Housekeeper from Hell," a Polish domestic also accused of ripping off Robert De Niro's (search) wife.
The "Murphy Brown" star arrived alone in the afternoon in a shiny black Mercedes SL 500, whose chauffeur tried to play cat and mouse with gathered photographers.
The car paused at the door to the DA's office only long enough for paparazzi to start snapping pictures through the rear window. It then sped off and circled the block before dropping the smiling actress off at a rear service entrance.
The trim, blonde Bergen looked stylish and smart in a pink wool jacket with a houndstooth print, along with gray dress slacks and matching sky blue heels and handbag.
Bergen spent about 90 minutes inside as her chauffeur waited out back for the signal to screech around to the entrance, from which she darted into the car and was gone.
The DA's office is barred by state privacy laws from divulging what happened in the grand jury.
But according to sources, Bergen was there to testify against her former maid, Lucyna Turyk-Wawrynowicz (search), 35, who has been in custody for eight days on charges she was looting the homes of her star-studded clientele, a list that also includes actress Isabella Rossellini (search).
On Friday, De Niro was in to testify that Turyk-Wawrynowicz had no permission or authority to be in possession of the $95,000 diamond earrings found in her Queens apartment — the very pair he'd given his wife, Grace Hightower (search).
Turyk-Wawrynowicz is accused of filching jewelry, shoes, credit cards and other belongings from three victims — Hightower, Bergen, and a third employer whose name has not been made public.
The maid's family has been trying since Friday to spring her from the women's jail on Rikers Island, but prosecutors have been holding a magnifying glass to the $75,000 cash that her family is trying to post as bail — so as to ensure the money is not part of the maid's alleged housekeeping haul.
Turyk-Wawrynowicz's lawyer, Frank Mainiero, said he expected to be back in court Tuesday to ask a judge to accept the documentation he's provided so far to prove the money, gathered from the savings of his client's family, is clean.
The process of documenting the money is arduous, he said.
"It's like anyone collecting your bank statements for the last five years," he sighed.