In a stunning police confession, a maid to the stars has admitted she stole diamonds and clothes from clients Candice Bergen (search) and Robert De Niro's (search) wife — but only because they were "mean" to her.
But she said she did steal a suede jacket from Bergen, and a pair of $95,000 diamond earrings from De Niro's wife, Grace Hightower (search) — against whom the maid lashed out viciously.
De Niro and Hightower have one son, Elliott, 7, and were living at the Langham on Central Park West in New York City this past spring at the time of the alleged thefts.
"She is mean," Turyk-Wawrynowicz seethed about Hightower. "If Mr. De Niro knew how badly she treats her kids, he would leave her."
"The diamonds are in the bathroom," the maid said helpfully to cops as they drove her to her home in Middle Village, Queens, on June 20.
Turyk-Wawrynowicz, 35, is free on $75,000 bail on grand larceny charges that could put her behind bars for up to 15 years.
She is accused of stealing credit cards and trinkets from a total of five clients, including Renee Rockefeller (search), the daughter-in-law of the late Nelson Rockefeller.
Her lawyer insisted Tuesday he'll fight to get the incriminating statements thrown out of the case.
"She denies having made those statements to anyone," said defense lawyer Frank Mainiero.
He'll also fight to suppress any evidence seized from Turyk-Wawrynowicz's home, which he said was searched without a warrant and under a false pretense. Cops had claimed that they wanted to arrest the maid's husband, Jaroslaw, who they said was wanted on a murder warrant from Chicago.
"That's a total fabrication," Mainiero said. "They simply didn't have a search warrant. It would have been easy to get a search warrant, but they didn't bother."
Turyk-Wawrynowicz at first denied everything, according to the police statement.
"Anybody can buy a jacket like this at Century 21 [a New York City discount store]," she insisted, apparently referring to Bergen's suede coat. "I have never ever stolen anything from anybody that I have worked for," she added.
She tried to shift blame to Hightower's house manager, named Frederick, who she said is "in" Hightower's jewelry box "all the time."
"He is a compulsive liar," she told cops. "He accuses people all the time for stealing."
"Mr. De Niro is really, really nice," she insisted. "Grace is nice. I get along with everyone."
But hours later, the maid apparently buckled.
"You know I need help," she confessed, blaming her "problems" on the death of a sister in Poland.
"I tried calling her because I feel so guilty; I feel horrible, but she won't take my phone calls anymore," Turyk-Wawrynowicz said, apparently speaking of Hightower.
"I am evil and guilty," she told cops. "But my husband did nothing. You can cut my hands and head off but I can tell you he did nothing wrong." Finally, she added, "I think I have talked to you too much. I want to talk to a lawyer."