Restraining order granted against Paris Hilton

    A court commissioner issued a restraining order Tuesday against celebutante Paris Hilton, ordering her to stay away from an event producer who claimed she threatened and harassed him.

    Superior Court Commissioner Tim Murphy approved the restraining order after Brian Quintana, 37, testified that Hilton, 24, shoved him on at least three occasions and badmouthed him.

    Quintana testified that he met Hilton a few years ago on the Hollywood party circuit and they had a social relationship. He said that he became friends with Stavros Niarchos III in September 2004, introduced him to Hilton and the two started dating.

    Quintana said his relationship with Hilton soured after she interrupted a conversation in which Quintana was urging Niarchos to reconsider dating her. Quintana filed a police report and a request for a restraining order December 29.

    Hilton spokesman Elliot Mintz said the celebutante was happy to keep distance between herself and Quintana.

    “If this results in Mr. Quintana having to have a distance between himself and Paris Hilton, she’s delighted,” Mintz said. “She doesn’t wish to have anything to do with this man.”

    Posted: June 18th, 2005
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    Spicy Paris Hilton ad to air in more markets

    A racy TV ad featuring a swimsuit-clad Paris Hilton eating a burger and washing a Bentley, which sparked a controversy when it aired on the West Coast, is now coming to markets in the Midwest and Southeast.

    Despite protests from the Los Angeles-based Parents Television Council — whose spokeswoman last month referred to the ad as “basically soft-core porn” — CKE Restaurants Inc. has no plans to tone down the spot.

    The ad, which originally touted the Spicy BBQ Six Dollar Burger for CKE’s Carl’s Jr. chain, will begin airing the week of June 27 in the Midwest and Southeast, this time to promote the Spicy BBQ Thickburger from CKE’s Hardee’s chain.

    Brad Haley, a marketing vice president for the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s chains, said CKE planned all along to use the commercial to sell burgers for both restaurant chains. The Hardee’s chain is based in St. Louis.

    “We consider it a racy ad. It was designed to be a racy ad, but we don’t consider it pornographic,” he said.

    In the ad, Hilton lathers up and cavorts with a running hose. It features a line often associated with Hilton: “That’s hot.”

    Haley said, “I think we knew that when we ran Paris, she would create attention. That was part of the appeal of using her.”

    Haley said it’s too soon to say how the ad has influenced Carl’s Jr. burger sales, but noted it clearly has had an impact on viewers. He said a Carl’s Jr. Web site, and a special Spicy Paris site, have received millions of hits.

    The ad will run after 9 p.m. in the Midwest and Southeast, where Hardee’s has more than 2,000 restaurants, Haley said. He said the Carl’s Jr. ad ran earlier than 9 p.m. the first week it aired. The reason, he said, was to introduce it and to allow it to be seen more broadly during sweeps week. Then, it moved to a later time slot, as planned, he said.

    Brent Bozell, president of the Parents Television Council watchdog group, said council members have sent thousands of letters complaining about the ad. To his view, shifting the ad to a later time was an acknowledgment by CKE that the commercial had offended many.

    “Marketing plan, my eye,” he said. “Our group’s position is that this company ought to be ashamed of itself.”

    Bozell acknowledged that the Parents Television Council may have added “oxygen” to the firestorm over the ad in the short term, but believed in the long term those who are offended will stay away from Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s.

    Hilton’s publicist, Rob Shuter, said the socialite turned celebrity and businesswoman did the ads because she thought they were funny — and hot.

    Shares of Carpinteria, Calif.-based CKE fell 10 cents to $16.09 Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. The shares have traded in a 52-week range of $10.40 to $17.15.

    Posted: June 15th, 2005
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    Report: Paris Hilton plans to retire in two years

    Paris Hilton plans to give up public life for family life. The 24-year-old hotel heiress, star of “The Simple Life” reality series, tells Newsweek magazine that when she was younger, “I thought it was cute to play a dumb blonde. On TV, I do it because it’s funny. I consider myself a businesswoman and a brand.”

    But Hilton says she plans to give up her public life in two years, by which time she expects to become a mother with her fiance, Paris Latsis.

    “I don’t enjoy going out anymore,” she says in the June 20 issue of the magazine, on newsstands Monday. “It’s such a pain. It’s everyone saying, `Let’s do a deal! Can I have a picture?’ I’m just, like, `These people are such losers. I can’t believe I used to love doing this.'”

    Paris and her mother, Kathy, were the grand marshals Sunday at the Los Angeles Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual & Transgender Pride Parade. Kathy Hilton wore a large white hat; Paris wore a tiara.

    Kathy Hilton’s new NBC reality series, “I Want to Be a Hilton,” in which she coaches 14 contestants in taste and etiquette, premieres June 21.

    Newsweek says Kathy and her husband, Rick Hilton, didn’t want their name on the show. “We thought it was too cheeky,” Rick Hilton is quoted as saying. “It does sound a little obnoxious.”

    Kathy Hilton says a sex tape of Paris and an ex-boyfriend that became a cyberspace novelty taught her a lesson.

    “Well, that was very painful. Very painful. Very painful,” Kathy Hilton tells the magazine. “But it taught me that I really can’t trust everybody.”

    The sex tape surfaced in 2003 just before the start of Paris’ reality series. She has said she was embarrassed and humiliated that the tape ever became public.

    Posted: June 13th, 2005
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    Hiltons at gay pride parade

    Paris Hilton and her mother, Kathy, will be grand marshals for the annual gay pride parade, one of the city’s biggest celebrations.They will greet tens of thousands of people expected Sunday at the Los Angeles Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual & Transgender Pride Parade.

    Paris Hilton, the 24-year-old star of television’s “The Simple Life” reality show, provoked controversy recently by appearing scantily clad in a Carl’s Jr. burger commercial.

    The hotel heiress is engaged to Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis, a grandson of John Latsis, the last of Greece’s shipping billionaires from the postwar boom years, who died in 2003 at 93.

    Kathy Hilton stars in NBC’s “I Want to Be a Hilton,” in which she guides 14 young contestants through a variety of weekly challenges in the New York social scene, ranging from art and culture to beauty and fashion. The winner of the show, which premieres June 21, will receive a $200,000 trust fund.

    Posted: June 10th, 2005
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    Paris Hilton engaged to Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis

    Hotel heiress Paris Hilton, star of “The Simple Life” reality show, is engaged to Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis, her spokesman said Monday.

    “They are happy and excited,” said Rob Shuter, confirming the story first reported on People magazine’s Web site. Latsis, 27, proposed to Hilton, 24, on Wednesday after she returned from a three-week publicity tour in Europe to promote her horror flick, “House of Wax,” and her new fragrance. No wedding date has been set. It would be the first marriage for both.

    Latsis is a grandson of John Latsis, the last of Greece’s shipping billionaires from the postwar boom years, who died in 2003 at 93. In March, Forbes magazine’s ranking of the world’s richest people listed the Latsis family at No. 54 with a combined wealth of $7.5 billion.

    “I’m so in love and grateful to have found such an honest and loyal person,” Hilton told Us Weekly. “I feel like we were meant to be, and I’m happy to have found someone to spend the rest of my life with.” The magazine quoted Latsis as calling Hilton “the most beautiful woman I’ve ever met. I feel like the luckiest man in the world.”

    The couple, who have been dating for about eight months, marked the engagement Saturday with a barbecue for 75 friends and family at their Hollywood Hills home, Shuter said.

    Hilton is also currently appearing in a new Carl’s Jr. ad. The spot, which shows Hilton frolicking with a water hose, last week drew the ire of media watchdog group Parents Television Council.

    Posted: May 31st, 2005
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    Parental group has beef with sexy Paris Hilton burger ad

    A Carl’s Jr. commercial starring a scantily clad Paris Hilton frolicking with a water hose is too hot for a media watchdog group.

    “This commercial is basically soft-core porn,” said Melissa Caldwell, research director for the Los Angeles-based Parents Television Council. “It’s inappropriate for television.”

    The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that the group plans to mobilize its more than 1 million members to protest and is considering asking the Federal Communications Commission to declare the ad indecent.

    The commercial shows the hotel heiress and reality TV star vamping in a revealing swimsuit as she soaps and rinses a black Bentley. She also takes a bite out of a Carl’s Jr. hamburger.

    The commercial for the jalapeno-laden “Spicy BBQ Six-Dollar Burger” ends with Hilton’s signature tag line, “That’s hot.”

    “Paris was chosen to star in the ad because she is an intriguing cultural icon and the ‘it girl’ of the moment,” Brad Haley, marketing chief for Carl’s Jr., said in a statement issued before the commercial began airing last week.

    “She fascinates Carl’s Jr.’s most loyal customers, ‘young, hungry guys,’ as well as ‘young, hungry gals,'” Haley said.

    The company is known for its racy television ads, one of which featured a woman eating a burger while riding a mechanical bull. Another starred Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner and several playmates.

    Stuart Fischoff, a media psychologist at Cal State Los Angeles, told the Times that the Hilton commercial went well beyond other Carl’s ads targeted at young men and boys.

    “This could come back and bite them in the behind,” Fischoff told the newspaper. “We’re in the throes of a culture war in this country, and for them to be pushing the envelope like this at this time could be very dangerous.”

    Posted: May 24th, 2005
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    Paris Hilton Touts Spicy Burger in TV Ad

    Paris Hilton likes her burgers spicy. The hotel heiress, actress, jewelry designer and entrepreneur will star in a television commercial next week in which she will slap suds on the side of a Bentley automobile and chomp on a thick burger while clad in a skimpy black bathing suit.

    Hilton will perform the feat to a rock version of the song “I Love Paris in the Springtime.”

    The ad for the fast-food chain Carl’s Jr. will feature Hilton’s signature tag line, which doubles as a reference to the barbecue sauce and jalapenos-pepper laden sandwich – “that’s hot.”

    The 30-second spot will debut nationally on the syndicated show “Entertainment Tonight,” on May 17, then go into regular rotation in Western states where Carl’s Jr. does business. In late June, the ad will be shown across the midwest to tout a similar sandwich at the company’s Hardee’s restaurants.

    “We’re working on trying to make Paris Hilton famous,” joked Andrew Puzder, president and chief executive of CKE Restaurants Inc., which owns the two fast food chains.

    The company is known for its racy television ads, one of which featured a woman eating a burger while riding a mechanical bull. Another starred Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner and several playmates. That ad was condemned by televangelist the Rev. Robert Schuller.

    The two chains also tout huge, dripping burgers at a time when other fast-food restaurants are offering more healthy alternatives.

    Puzder said his company’s ad agency suggested using Hilton.

    “She’s very appealing to our demographic,” which he described as young, hungry guys.

    “And it turns out she really loved the burger we wanted her to promote,” Puzder said. “We did see her eat a couple of them at the shoot.”

    The company will feature a 60-second version, which Puzder promises will be “racier,” on its Web sites.

    Posted: May 14th, 2005
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