Paris Hilton Attends S.F. Ballet Gala

    Hotel chain heiress Paris Hilton attended the San Francisco Ballet’s masked ball gala with her parents and an Entertainment Tonight film crew.The “The Simple Life” star was draped in a necklace of cascading golden South Sea pearls and diamonds designed by San Francisco jeweler Rosalina.

    The reality TV series, which started its third season this month, features Hilton and co-star Nicole Richie working in a series of menial jobs.

    Hilton has also published a memoir, “Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose,” launched a jewelry collection and opened a nightclub in downtown Orlando.

    Other stars attending the event included actors Sean Hayes of NBC’s “Will and Grace,” Hector Elizondo and television and film director Garry Marshall.

    Posted: January 29th, 2005
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    Paris Hilton accused of swiping own intimate video

    Paris Hilton is being investigated for suspicion of petty theft, authorities said. “There was an incident, and she is alleged to have taken something,” sheriff’s Deputy Steve Suzuki said without disclosing further details.

    Calls to Hilton’s publicist, Gina Hoffman, were not immediately returned.

    On its Web site, the TV show Celebrity Justice posted a security video taken last month of Hilton as she bought several magazines at a newsstand and was given change. It goes on to show her grabbing her infamous sex video and walking off with it.

    Gerry Castro, an employee at Swing News in West Hollywood, told Celebrity Justice that Hilton became enraged after spotting the sex video One Night in Paris on sale at the newsstand.

    “She threw her 80 cents change at me and took the video and said, ‘I’m taking this and I’m not buying it,'” Castro told the show.

    Castro declined to comment when contacted Friday by The Associated Press, but he told KABC-TV of Los Angeles that Hilton and her bodyguards attempted to rip up a poster and pull down a display advertising the video.

    “Nobody steals on my shift,” Castro said.

    Paris’ sister, Nicky, told KABC that Castro overreacted.

    “She did something anyone would have done in this situation,” Nicky Hilton said. “It’s not a big deal. Whatever — she doesn’t care. I think this guy is trying to make it into a big deal, to get some publicity for his newsstand.”

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

    Deputies were expected to present the case next week to prosecutors, who will then decide whether to file any charges, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

    The Sheriff’s Department decided to announce details of the Dec. 15 incident after getting numerous phone calls from reporters, Suzuki said.

    Posted: January 22nd, 2005
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    Paris Hilton’s reality show denies deer-poaching allegation

    Paris Hilton’s reality show “The Simple Life” is disputing allegations that a deer was illegally killed so that it could be gutted by the socialite and her sidekick, Nicole Richie.
    State officials said the deer was killed Tuesday night and they believe it was to be gutted for the show. Investigators are looking into accounts the deer was shot by someone firing a gun from inside a car.

    Two men working for the Fox show could face fines of between $100 and $500 for permit violations and hunting out of season, said Elaine Makatura, spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
    Todd Beck, a spokesman for Bunim-Murray Productions, which produces “The Simple Life,” said no one connected to the show was involved in shooting the deer.

    The reality show, which features Hilton and Richie working in a series of menial jobs, was earlier prohibited from filming a segment at a nearby school after parents complained that Hilton’s lifestyle was not a good role model for children.

    Posted: January 15th, 2005
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    ‘The Simple Life’ filming moved from country to city

    After getting the cold shoulder in a rural New Jersey town, Paris Hilton and her reality show are headed for the city.

    The hotel heiress and her Fox reality show, “The Simple Life,” whose plans to film at a middle school in nearby Buena Vista Township were dashed, will instead shoot scenes Friday at a city fire station.

    “Some guys are excited about it,” said fire Capt. William Brooks, who heads an engine company at the Chief John J. Jasper Jr. Memorial Fire Station.

    Firefighters have signed waivers and agreed to remain mum about the filming. Brooks wouldn’t give details or say whether the city would be paid by producers. Fire Chief John J. Bereheiko didn’t return phone calls seeking comment Tuesday.
    The show’s third season, which premieres Jan. 26, has Hilton and co-star Nicole Richie traveling the country working as interns in a series of jobs.

    On Monday, Buena Regional School District officials who had planned to put the pair to work as substitute teachers and cafeteria monitors withdrew the welcome mat following an uproar from parents and others. Opponents called Hilton – whose past includes an X-rated amateur video with a former boyfriend – a bad example for young children.

    “Generally, it’s our policy not to comment on shows while in production,” said Todd Beck, a spokesman for Bunin-Murray Productions. “But I can tell you we’ve decided to proceed with other production plans for ‘The Simple Life’ interns. We appreciate the support and interest of local school officials and wish everyone well.”

    He wouldn’t comment on the community’s opposition or about plans for the episode to be filmed in Atlantic City.

    Posted: January 12th, 2005
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    South Jersey school says ‘no’ to ‘The Simple Life’

    After getting the cold shoulder in a rural town, Paris Hilton and her reality show are now headed for the city.

    The celebrity heiress and her Fox reality show, “The Simple Life,” whose plans to film at a school in nearby Buena Vista Township were dashed, will instead film this week at a city fire station.

    “Some guys are excited about it,” said fire Capt. William Brooks, who heads an engine company at the Chief John J. Jasper Jr. Memorial Fire Station, where filming is slated for Friday.

    Firefighters have signed waivers for production company Bunim-Murray Productions and agreed to remain mum about the filming. Brooks would not give details or say whether the city would be paid by producers. Fire Chief John J. Bereheiko did not return telephone calls seeking comment Tuesday.

    The show’s third season, which premieres Jan. 26, has the 22-year-old Hilton and co-star Nicole Richie traveling the nation, working as interns in a series of menial jobs.

    On Monday, Buena Regional School District officials who had planned to put the two to work as middle school substitute teachers and cafeteria monitors withdrew the welcome mat following an uproar from parents and others. Opponents called Hilton a bad example for young children.

    Producers had approached school officials in December, offering $5,000 for the right to film at the J.P. Cleary Middle School. School officials liked the idea, and sent permission forms and a letter from the show’s production company to parents last week.

    But some said Hilton — who achieved notoriety in part through a pornographic home video — had no business being around children. Others feared that the show would lead to ridicule for their small community 30 miles west of Atlantic City.

    Posted: January 11th, 2005
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    Putting the ‘fashionably’ in late: Paris Hilton arrives at grand opening of her Orlando club six hours later

    The pink carpet was rolled out, the pink spotlights danced through the crisp night air of downtown Orlando, and everything seemed in place for the opening of Paris Hilton’s first nightclub. Notably missing: One pink-loving hotel heiress.

    Hilton arrived six hours behind schedule — after many guests had left. At least she had an heiress-appropriate excuse handy.

    “I was in the Swiss Alps skiing and I got caught at the airport with all the holiday travel so I’ve been trying to travel for the past 24 hours,” a smiling Hilton said after stepping out of a stretch SUV in front of the club shortly after 1 a.m. Friday.

    After her friends, shouting “WOOOO,” ran out of the nightclub to hug and kiss her in greeting, she apologized for her tardiness. “I’m so sorry I’m late.”

    Posted: December 31st, 2004
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    Walters: Paris Hilton is fascinating

    Paris Hilton has been named one of the “most fascinating people of 2004” by Barbara Walters. Walters will host a special on Wednesday, presenting the 10 most intriguing people of the year.

    Others besides the hotel heiress include filmmaker Michael Moore, Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings and Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

    In an interview for the show, Walters asks Hilton about the now infamous sex video with her then-boyfriend Richard Salomon. The tape surfaced just before the premiere of Hilton’s Fox reality show, The Simple Life.

    “I was in love with him and people, I think, do that sometimes,” Hilton says. “I never thought that it would get out and that I’d be hurt like that.

    “It was (very painful). I thought it was the end. I thought, I was so embarrassed for all my teenage fans and my younger fans. I thought it was over.”

    Nevertheless, The Simple Life became a hit, and spawned a second series as well.

    Also in the interview, Hilton reveals that she doesn’t just sit around saying “That’s hot” all day: she even reads books. And the most recent one? Fittingly, Maneater, a novel about an uninhibited L.A. woman’s search for a man.

    Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2004 airs 9 p.m. ET Wednesday on ABC.

    Posted: December 7th, 2004
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