BREAKING NEWS: Paris Hilton Fires Her Publicist Elliot Mintz According To Reuters

    In her first public comments since a prison sentence, celebrity heiress and reality TV star Paris Hilton has described her 45-day jail term for a driving related offense as cruel and unwarranted.

    Visibly shocked and tearful, Hilton was sentenced on Friday to 45 days in jail after a judge ruled she knowingly violated her probation on a previous traffic offense by driving without a valid license.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Sauer rejected the 26-year-old socialite’s defense that she didn’t realize her license was suspended and ordered her to report to a county detention facility on June 5.

    “I told the truth,” Hilton told photographers waiting outside her Los Angeles home on Saturday night.

    “I feel that I was treated unfairly and that the sentence is both cruel and unwarranted. I don’t deserve this.”

    Her lawyer, Howard Weitzman, has said he will appeal “to modify the sentence.”

    Hilton’s mother Kathy voiced her anger at the ruling over the weekend. “This is pathetic and disgusting, a waste of taxpayers’ money with this nonsense. It is a joke,” she told Hollywood.com.

    Hilton’s fans began sending messages of support as news of the jail term spread. One fan, Joshua Capone, wrote to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asking him to intervene and keep Hilton out of jail.

    “She provides hope for young people all over the U.S. and the world. She provides beauty and excitement to (most of) our otherwise mundane lives,” Capone wrote in a letter to Schwarzenegger posted online on Hilton’s myspace page.

    Hilton quickly responded on her myspace page.

    “I just want to thank Joshua so much for his kind words of love and support. God Bless. Love Paris.”

    At the hearing, the star of the reality TV show “The Simple Life” said she was unaware her driving privileges had been completely suspended when police stopped her for driving without headlights on Feb. 27. They impounded her blue Bentley after discovering she was driving on a suspended license.

    Hilton said her publicist had told her she was permitted to drive for work-related reasons after the first 30 days of her license suspension late last November, and she relied on that.

    Hilton was sentenced in January to three years probation after pleading no contest – the equivalent of a guilty plea – to alcohol-related reckless driving last September.

    reuters.com

    Posted: May 6th, 2007
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    Paris Hilton’s Unfair Sentence Starting To Get Noticed

    A famed NYC civil rights attorney says Paris Hilton’s 45-day jail sentence may be due more to her notoriety than standards of fairness.

    Despite the obvious pleasure some gossipmongers are taking in Paris Hilton¹s 45-day jail sentence, the young heiress may, as her lawyer suggests, have become a victim of the same publicity machine she helped create.

    “It’s clear she was selectively prosecuted because of who she is,” Hilton’s lawyer, Howard Weitzman, told reporters outside the Los Angeles courthouse last week, promising to appeal her sentence.

    The success of that appeal, and the fairness of the sentence in the first place, depends on what other drivers in Los Angeles would face if they were caught violating probation by driving on a suspended license, like Paris did.

    “Equal protection under the law means that the legal system should treat everyone the same,” said Norman Siegel, a civil rights attorney in New York.

    “And I would say that if 45 days is the usual penalty, then the people of LA should be trying to change that. It’s what I would call a disproportionate penalty.”

    Hilton’s license was suspended from Nov. 30 to March 31 after she pleaded no contest to a Sept. 7 reckless driving charge in which she failed a sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol level of .08. Last week’s jail sentence came after she was caught driving three times on the suspended license.

    A 45-day sentence is not unusual for someone who has a DUI conviction and had been pulled over so many times since, said Edward Welbourn, a Southern California criminal defense lawyer.

    What is unusual is for a judge to order the defendant to serve the entire sentence, as Hilton was, with no chance for early release.

    “It’s clear the judge wants to send a message to her and others like her,” Welbourne said. “She was trying to push the envelope, and now the court is pushing back.”

    He said any appeal would not likely be successful, since Hilton’s lawyer would have to prove the court was “abusing its discretion.”

    That’s hard to prove, he said, since Hilton, 26, has already been caught driving drunk.

    amny.com

    Posted: May 6th, 2007
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    Relatives Of Prisoners Warn Paris: Prison Is Not Your Place

    PARIS HILTON will have to wear dowdy blue jumpsuits and knickers and share showers with butch lesbians in jail.

    She starts a 45-day sentence in LA next month for driving while banned.

    Yesterday a woman visiting her mum at the jail said inmates shower together and a large group of “very masculine lesbians” prey on them. She added: “This place is bad. Paris is not going to make it.”

    Denise Chavis, visiting her sister in the jail, warned Paris: “If you act like you’re all high-class and uppity, you’re done.”

    The heir-head, who will also have to ditch her hair extensions, is horrified that she has to go to jail.

    She said: “I feel I was treated unfairly and that the sentence is cruel.”

    Her family had believed their money could buy her freedom. Her mum KATHY was heard ranting: “And after all the money we spent!”

    A pal of Paris’ said: “She is devastated and terrified about going to jail. She goes from sobbing to fury.”

    Paris tried to appear whiter than white yesterday, but was left red-faced when the wind blew her dress up, exposing her knickers. Meanwhile, wayward BRITNEY SPEARS wore an angelic white dress while shopping in LA. But she ruined the look by sticking up two fingers.

    thesun.co.uk

    Even though there will be maximum security for Paris in prison, I still worry about this a lot more, and I don’t think we can trust these prison workers.

    Paris should not have a single contact with these women. I’m sure they’re ten times worse than “normal” haters. You’re basically putting her possibly in the most dangerous place on Earth.

    We will hold Judge Michael T. Sauer responible if anything bad happens to her, if she actually goes to jail.

    Posted: May 6th, 2007
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    Paris Hilton To Become More Popular After Jail Time

    Paris Hilton is so pampered she doesn’t read her mail.

    “I have people who do that for me,” she told a judge.

    Legal documents and traffic citations elude her.

    “I just sign what people tell me to sign,” she testified.

    Facing a 45-day jail sentence – and perhaps her first brush with accountability – could be a reality check for Hilton. But regardless of how she handles it, it may make her more popular than ever.

    “It will actually increase her star appeal in a very sick and demented way,” said longtime publicist Michael Levine. “There’s a segment of our society that’s somehow engaged in the soap opera that is Paris Hilton, and this a very compelling plot line in the soap opera.”

    A judge ordered the socialite to report to a county jail in suburban L.A. by June 5 to serve 45 days for violating the terms of her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case. Her attorney has said he will appeal.

    That only prolongs the publicity, said Roger Gillott, whose public relations firm, Gillott Communications, specializes in crisis management.

    “If she wants to put this behind her and come off looking remorseful or repentant, then she should just serve her time as quietly as possible,” he said. “The more she protests, the more she claims she was innocent and doesn’t know what she’s doing, that she never reads her legal papers, the more she portrays an image of someone who doesn’t pay close attention and thinks they are above being held accountable.”

    The 26-year-old hotel heiress, who parlayed her party lifestyle into worldwide fame, told the judge Friday that she didn’t have time to talk with her attorneys about her probation. That dismissive attitude is part of her appeal, said veteran publicist David Brokaw.

    “The premise of her fame is being naughty,” he said. “This is a career move for her. It simply fuels the fascination. She can only win with this.”

    Some celebrities have fared well after a stay in the graybar hotel. Martha Stewart started a TV show after her stint behind bars. Robert Downey Jr. rebounded with a recurring TV role that led back to the big screen. Others, including Bobby Brown, Heidi Fleiss and Fatty Arbuckle, weren’t as fortunate.

    Bad behavior means big publicity for Hilton, Levine said, noting that she wasn’t maligned when her homemade sex tape surfaced on the Internet. Instead she became more famous than before.

    “This is a girl who has total disregard for the rules of our society,” Levine said. “And she’s been rewarded for it.”

    Time behind bars isn’t likely to impart any lessons for Hilton, said West Hollywood psychologist Jeremy Ritzlin. Jail time doesn’t equal rehabilitation and the club-hopping Hilton would need extensive therapy to make lasting changes in her life, he said.

    “It’s going to make her very unhappy because she’s not used to this. She couldn’t buy her way out of it,” he said. “But one 45-day trip to jail is not going to change her behavior.”

    Hilton’s plethora of professional pursuits – which include a namesake perfume and handbag line, a fledgling music career and a starring role in the reality show “The Simple Life” – can probably survive 45 days without her.

    “Production for ‘The Simple Life Goes to Camp’ wrapped in early April and will premiere Memorial Day,” as planned, the E! network said in a statement. “We wish Paris all the best as she deals with this difficult time.”

    Hilton’s fans filled her MySpace page with words of support over the weekend. Her spokesman, Elliot Mintz, declined to comment.

    Associated Press

    What Michael Levine and other publicists forgot to the mention is that the judge was extremely rude to Paris Hilton and that he had other options to punish Paris without having to go to prison. No mention that they’re using her as an example for other celebrities, and to prove the “system works” for the middle class.

    And people like Michael Levine simply don’t understand why there are fans of Paris Hilton who aren’t just fascinated by her beauty, money and fame.

    This is a very ignorant article written by Sandy Cohen from the Associated Press. It avoids the real issues.

    Posted: May 6th, 2007
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    Celebrities Stand Up For Paris Hilton And Oppose Her Sentence To Jail

     

    In a recent video recorded by Paparazzi Henri, Mary Carey speaks against Paris Hilton’s sentence to jail. She says that they are using her to set an example for other celebrities.

    She and her friend also add that they know many friends who have been arrested for DUI, but never went to jail.

    Both of them looked drunk and I’m not sure if they’re really understood what was happening, but at least, they understand that she being used, and someone needs to stand up against this.

    Listen to her comments:


    Posted: May 6th, 2007
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    Eyewitness: Inside The Courtroom With The Hiltons

    Emotions flared at the Paris Hilton hearing on Friday, according to one eyewitness observer with an exceptionally good view: Mona Shafer Edwards, a freelance courtroom sketch artist with 25 years’ experience.

    Observing the Hilton family’s reaction before and after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Sauer sentenced the 26-year-old hotel heiress to 45 days in jail for violating the terms of her probation, Edwards tells PEOPLE that while prosecutors were delivering their final statements, Hilton looked down discreetly into her purse at a compact and checked her makeup.

    Minutes before the sentence was handed down, according to Edwards, Hilton made the sign of the cross with her right hand, then kissed her fingers.

    Judge Sauer was particularly stern with his comments to Hilton, whom, he said, “disregarded everything” by repeatedly driving with a suspended license.

    After the general public had cleared the courtroom, Hilton began to tear up. Sheriffs brought her a box of Kleenex, and she held a wad of tissues to her face as she placed her head down.

    Then, said Edwards, Hilton’s mother, Kathy Hilton, angrily burst from the courtroom seating area toward the attorneys’ table, saying loudly, “I can’t believe this, I can’t believe this.”

    She went over to her daughter’s side, standing over her and putting her arm around Paris as others crowded around her.

    Eventually, Paris stood and was hugged by her father, Rick Hilton, who said, “I can’t believe this, either.”

    “I don’t know what happened,” said Paris. “I did what they said.”

    Kathy Hilton, red in the face, then walked up to one of the prosecutors and screamed, “You’re pathetic.” She then asked sarcastically, “Can I have your autograph?”

    The prosecutor to whom Hilton had delivered her outburst completely ignored her, said Edwards.

    About half a dozen sheriffs’ deputies then approached Kathy Hilton, who screamed at them, “Don’t you touch me, don’t you touch me.”

    As the family was about to exit the courtroom, said Edwards, Kathy Hilton declared for all to hear, “[The judge] made up his mind before he even came in today. If it were anyone else, this would’ve never had happened.”

    She then exclaimed, “And after all the money we spent!”

    Hilton’s attorney, Howard Weitzman, vows to appeal the sentence, while Judge Sauer has ordered The Simple Life star to begin serving her time at the Century Regional Detention Center before June 5.

    On Saturday, a despondent-looking Hilton was seen leaving a chauffeur-driven SUV and stepping into the Beverly Hills restaurant Prego for lunch, reports the New York Post.

    Like other celebrity Los Angeles County inmates who have been incarcerated in the jail, Hilton will be separated from the general population for her own safety, the Associated Press reports. (Among previous names to have served there is former Lost star Michelle Rodriguez, whose 60-day sentence for violating probation terms after her drunken driving arrest in Hawaii ended after barely more than four hours, due to the jail’s being overcrowded.)

    Each day, the incarcerated are permitted outside their cells for an hour to shower, watch TV in the day room, participate in outdoor activities or talk on the phone. (Cell phones are not allowed in the jail cells.)

    As for food, inmates are offered three-poultry-based low-sodium meals a day. The jail’s overseer calls it “a very nice place.”

    People.com

    Posted: May 6th, 2007
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    Paris Hilton Is Clearly Victim Of Her Own Fame

    Paris Hilton is not going down without a fight.

    The day after she was sentenced to 45 days in the slammer for violating her probation by driving with a suspended license, Hilton walked outside her house and told a gaggle of camerapeople, “I told the truth yesterday. I feel that I was treated unfairly.” Hilton called the sentence “both cruel and unwarranted” and added “I don’t deserve this.”

    Commentator: Judge Had Other Options

    There’s no question about it. Now that I’ve learned that the judge had other options instead of prison, the judge, Michael T. Sauer, has done this to her on purpose.

    I knew there was something more to this, and I was still wondering if Paris was a victim or not. Now I am convinced she is because of her image of being rich, famous and pretty.

    It’s actually more of a message he is sending to other celebrities by using Paris Hilton, one of the most photographed celebrities on Earth.

    This is clearly unfair to Paris, and she did not expect prison, although she should have known better.

    But I have no doubt in my mind that she is being used by the Superior Court.

    People like Michael T. Sauer, be damned! They’ve degraded Paris so badly, and they always get away with it.

    I hope her lawyer will get her out of this unnecessary mess and another judge should give her a more reasonable punishement.

    Posted: May 6th, 2007
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