Paris Hilton strikes gold in Bavarian dirndl-inspired dress amid Munich’s Oktoberfest

    Paris Hilton knows a fetching outfit when she sees one — even if it’s something more likely to be found on Bavarian women heading toward church on a crisp Sunday morning in the Alps.The 25-year-old American socialite, TV reality star and aspiring songstress showed off a golden dirndl-inspired creation in this Bavarian city famous for its beer drinking and its annual Oktoberfest, which began September 16.

    “I’ve found four of them and bought them,” she told photographers Monday before heading to one of the massive beer tents where the libation flows freely.

    For once, Hilton was following a trend instead of setting one, as many other women also attended the festival in their best dirndls, a traditional alpine outfit consisting of a snug bodice with a low neck wrapped around a lacy blouse, along with a full skirt and apron.

    Hilton, who is on a promotional tour for a regional wine producer, said she was enjoying herself and loved being in southern Germany.

    “I love Germany and Munich is one of the coolest cities,” she said, adding that it was her first time at Oktoberfest.

    Hilton’s single, “Turn It Up,” is No. 6 on Billboard’s hot dance/club play music chart.

    Caterers at Oktoberfest expect to serve 1.6 million gallons of beer, 500,000 roast chickens and 90 roast oxen to revelers from around the world.

    Some 700 stewards and 300 police are on duty at the event, which ends October 3.

    Posted: September 25th, 2006
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    In Hollywood drunk driving arrest, Paris Hilton would have preferred to duck the publicity

    For once, Paris Hilton wasn’t happy to be the center of attention. Hours after paparazzi swarmed the Hollywood police station where the celebutante was booked for investigation of drunk driving, she told radio host Ryan Seacrest people were making too big a deal out of her arrest.

    “Everything I do is blown out of proportion and it really hurts my feelings,” said Hilton, who called the incident “nothing.”

    Los Angeles police officers stopped the 25-year-old socialite early Thursday morning after she was seen driving erratically, said Officer Marjan Mobasser.

    The singer, actress, handbag designer and heiress to the Hilton hotel fortune told KIIS-FM’s Seacrest she was on an early morning hamburger run when she was stopped.

    She hadn’t eaten all day and was “starving,” Hilton explained. So the one-time pitchwoman for Carl’s Jr. said she decided to visit a neighborhood In-N-Out burger stand.

    “So maybe I was speeding a little bit and I got pulled over,” she said, denying that she was driving recklessly.

    “I was just really hungry and I wanted to have an In-N-Out burger,” she said.

    Police said she had a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent, the minimum to warrant an arrest.

    Hilton had spent Wednesday filming a music video and going out for dinner with her sister Nicky and some friends. Later they headed to a charity event, where Hilton said she had one margarita.

    According to a national research study, a 137-pound woman would need to consume three drinks in one hour on an empty stomach to reach a .08 blood-alcohol level. The 5-foot-8-inch fashionably lithe Hilton likely weighs much less than that.

    Police turned over the misdemeanor case to the Los Angeles city attorney’s office, which will decide whether to file charges. If Hilton is charged she likely will be arraigned on Sept. 28, said city attorney spokesman Nick Velasquez.

    If convicted, Hilton could be sentenced to six months in jail and fined $1,000. As a first-time offender, however, she is more likely to receive a fine, probation and license suspension and be ordered to perform community service and attend an alcohol-rehabilitation program.

    Thursday’s arrest represented just the latest confrontation with the legal system for the celebrity heiress.

    In February, a Superior Court judge ordered Hilton to stay away from event producer Brian Quintana after he claimed she shoved him on at least three occasions and badmouthed him.

    A month earlier, actress and diamond heiress Zeta Graff filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against Hilton claiming the heiress spewed “vicious lies” to the New York Post about an altercation the two had in a London nightclub.

    In November, Hilton was a passenger in a silver Bentley that a companion drove into the back of a large commercial truck, scratching the hood of the car. That mishap was captured on videotape, as was a June incident when Hilton’s Range Rover was backed into a car in a parking garage.

    But the most famous Hilton videotape remains the one that surfaced in 2003, of her and an ex-boyfriend having sex. Until then she had just been just another pretty face on the party circuit.

    The sex tape made her an overnight cyberspace celebrity and instant favorite of the tabloids. Her reality TV series “The Simple Life” debuted soon after.

    In 2004, Hilton released her book, “Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose.”

    She has also appeared in episodes of television’s “The O.C.” and “Veronica Mars” and had a role in the 2005 horror flick “House of Wax.”

    Hilton released a perfume bearing her name in 2004. Earlier this year, she unveiled her cell-phone video game, “Diamondquest.” She’ll follow that with a line of Paris Hilton purses and cosmetics.

    Hilton’s string of boyfriends has also kept her in the news. She was engaged for several months to Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis before dating another Greek shipping heir, Stavros Niarchos III. She has also been linked to former University of Southern California football star Matt Leinert, who recently signed with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.

    Recently, Hilton announced she had taken a vow of sexual abstinence.

    Posted: September 8th, 2006
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    Paris Hilton’s DUI arrest a likely boost for her celebutante party girl image

    For most celebrities, getting smacked with a DUI is an instant image crisis. For Paris Hilton, it could be a career boost.

    “Paris Hilton being arrested just makes her more famous,” said veteran publicist Michael Levine. “She has devoted her entire adult life to appearing to be the princess of parties.”

    Hilton’s publicist, Elliot Mintz, confirmed the star’s festive nature Thursday: “She’s been known to have a drink or two.”

    Hilton was arrested by Los Angeles police officers in Hollywood early Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence. During the arrest she was briefly handcuffed. Hilton was booked at LAPD’s Hollywood station at 1:43 a.m. and released shortly afterward, said Nick Velasquez, a spokesman for the city attorney’s office.

    This is Hilton’s first drunk-driving arrest, Mintz said, adding that he doesn’t expect the incident to hurt her image.

    “The people who enjoy Paris as a comedian or actress on TV or as a singer on her CD, a woman who seems to have captured the imagination of so many people, I don’t know if this is going to have any impact on them one way or another,” he said. “But, of course, she regrets what took place.”

    Hours after her release, Hilton defended herself to radio host Ryan Seacrest during his Thursday morning show on local station KIIS-FM.

    “It was nothing,” said Hilton, 25.

    The singer, actress, handbag designer and heiress to the Hilton hotel-chain fortune said she was “starving because I had not ate all day” and possibly “speeding a little bit” in her Mercedes-Benz SLR on her way to grab a bite.

    “I was just really hungry and I wanted to have an In-N-Out burger,” said the one-time pitchwoman for Carl’s Jr.

    Hilton, who made her singing debut last week with the release of her eponymous CD, said she spent Wednesday filming a music video and having dinner with her sister, Nicky, and some friends before heading to a charity event sponsored by rocker Dave Navarro.

    Hilton said she had “one margarita” at the event.

    Just last month, she told the Los Angeles Times that she “doesn’t like the taste of alcohol.”

    “It grosses me out,” she said.

    Hilton told Seacrest that police stopped her early Thursday for speeding.

    An LAPD spokeswoman said Hilton was driving erratically.

    “Officers observed the vehicle driving in an erratic manner so they pulled the car over,” officer Marjan Mobasser said Thursday.

    Hilton’s blood-alcohol level was .08% — the minimum to warrant an arrest, Mintz said.

    The arresting officers were “really nice,” Hilton said.

    “There was a lot of paparazzi around so I think they were trying to make a statement,” she told Seacrest. “Everything I do is blown out of proportion and it really hurts my feelings.”

    Hilton is expected to be arraigned Sept. 28, said Velasquez of the city attorney’s office. Penalties for a first drunk-driving arrest typically include a fine, probation, an alcohol-rehabilitation program, license suspension and “other DUI-related conditions” such as community service, he said.

    LAPD officials said they will not release Hilton’s arrest report or her mug shot.

    The maximum penalty for a first misdemeanor DUI arrest is a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.

    Posted: September 7th, 2006
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    Paris Hilton booked for investigation of driving under the influence in Hollywood

    Paris Hilton was arrested in Hollywood early Thursday for driving under the influence, police said.

    Hilton was arrested shortly before 12:30 a.m. after being pulled over because she was “driving erratically,” said Officer I. Isabella who declined to give his first name.

    “The officers observed that Hilton exhibited the symptoms of intoxication. A field sobriety test was conducted at the scene, and the officers determined she was driving under the influence,” said Isabella while reading a police statement.

    Hilton was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI and released, he added.

    Her spokesman, Elliot Mintz, confirmed the arrest and said police detected the minimum blood-alcohol level to warrant an arrest. The legal limit in California is 0.08 percent.

    At the time of her arrest, Hilton was driving home in her Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren from a charity event where she had one drink, a margarita, Mintz said. She had spent the day shooting a music video for her new album, “Paris.”

    The driving under the influence symptoms were “probably the result of an empty stomach and working all day and being fatigued,” Mintz explained.

    Paris’ sister Nicky came to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood station to pick her up. A short time later, Paris was allowed to leave.

    Posted: September 7th, 2006
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    Paris Hilton says her self-titled debut album is so good, ‘I, like, cry, when I listen to it’

    Paris Hilton is no stranger to self-promotion. But when she asked DJs to play songs from her upcoming debut album, “Paris,” last spring, she wasn’t so confident.”People go crazy,” the 25-year-old socialite/reality TV star/singer says in an interview in the September issue of Blender, on newsstands Tuesday. “They love it. Everyone’s like, `Who is this?’ I don’t tell. Because I don’t want someone putting their phone up and recording it and making a ring tone off of it.

    “I think when people don’t know it’s me, they won’t judge it. But if they know it’s me, then they’ll be like, `Ugh.’ They won’t even dance.”

    “Paris” the album was set for release Tuesday. Hilton’s breathy, reggae-infused single, “Stars Are Blind,” has climbed to the top of Billboard’s dance music chart.

    Of her album, she says, “I, like, cry, when I listen to it, it’s so good.”

    Hilton posed for Blender’s cover and inside pages wearing lingerie; in one photo, she wears a pink bra, black fishnet stockings and gold platform heels.

    She says the baby voice she uses on the reality TV show “The Simple Life” is an act.

    “I’m always playing a character,” she tells the magazine. “I don’t talk like this really _ like a baby. I don’t act like myself in public, because I don’t really want to show everyone the real me. Because I have no privacy whatsoever, the only thing I have is who I really am.”

    Posted: August 22nd, 2006
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    Paris Hilton urges public to look past stereotypes as she promotes her new ‘Paris’ album

    Socialite, tabloid fodder, reality star, yes. But Paris Hilton the singer?

    As she promotes her new album, Paris, Hilton says she understands the confusion over her transformation. But she urges a look past the stereotypes.

    “I can understand people prejudging on that fact,” she said Tuesday outside Specs Music Store on South Beach, “but the music speaks for itself.”

    Hilton, 25, will release Paris on Tuesday. Her breathy single, Stars Are Blind, has already jumped up Billboard’s dance music charts.

    It may seem a departure from what has made her famous, including the TV reality show The Simple Life, but Hilton says music has always been a passion.

    “I’ve been singing and playing the piano and violin since I’m 6 years old,” she said, “so it’s something I’ve been doing my whole life.”

    Hilton said she’s confident of the album’s appeal.

    “I know music,” she said, “so I know people will love it.”

    Hilton said she finds herself in an unusual position for an artist releasing her first album.

    “Most artists, you know, they’re unknown before they actually have their album come out,” she said. “And with me, it’s a different situation because people have seen me around for the past couple of years.”

    Posted: August 16th, 2006
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    Paris Hilton bitten by racoon-like pet kinkajou, gets tetanus shot

    Paris Hilton got no love this week from her pet kinkajou Baby Luv in fact, the racoon-like animal bit her. The heiress was not badly hurt but did visit a hospital emergency room to receive a tetanus shot, her publicist, Elliot Mintz, told The Associated Press on Friday.Hilton was frolicking with her exotic pet early Tuesday morning “the way some people play with their cats and dogs” when the animal became excited, Mintz said.

    “Baby Luv bit her. It’s a superficial bite on her left arm,” he said.

    Hilton, concerned that she was bleeding, called Mintz at 3 a.m., and he took her to the hospital.

    “She was seen by a doctor, who treated the wound, gave her a tetanus shot, cleaned the wound and applied something to it,” Mintz said.

    The 25-year-old “Simple Life” star and her publicist left the hospital around 5:30 a.m.

    Mintz said Hilton’s arm did not appear to be swollen the next day.

    She also felt well enough to continue promotions for her highly anticipated debut album “Paris,” set for release Aug. 22.

    Hilton’s breathy single “Stars Are Blind” has already jumped up Billboard’s dance music charts.

    “Yesterday she did two photo shoots and two magazine covers,” Mintz said. “She’s OK, she’s fine. Anyone in this situation would do well to have the wound looked at.”

    Baby Luv was checked out by a veterinarian Wednesday.

    “I don’t view kinkajous as aggressive animals. The same kind of thing could have occurred with a German Shepherd,” Mintz said.

    Posted: August 12th, 2006
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