[quote]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 offence 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 offence by driving without a valid licence.
Los Angeles Superior Court judge Michael Sauer rejected the 26-year-old socialite’s defence that she did not realise her licence was suspended and ordered her to report to a county detention facility on June 5. . .
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 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger asking him to intervene and keep Hilton out of jail.
“She provides hope for young people all over the US and the world. She provides beauty and excitement to (most of) our otherwise mundane lives,” Capone wrote in the letter, 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 February 27.
They impounded her blue Bentley after discovering she was driving on a suspended licence. . .
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.[/quote]
Boo hoo hoo. I hope she breaks a nail.