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Paris released from jail

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Paris Hilton was released from prison today. The hotel heiress, who served 23 days at California's Century Regional Detention Center for driving with a suspended licence, left the jail just after midnight. A smiling Paris, who was wearing a grey and white cropped jacket and blue jeans, waved at the throng of fans who had come to support her before embracing her parents Kathy Hilton and Rick Hilton and driving off in a black SUV. As she walked from the jail gates to her waiting car, Paris was bombarded by a media frenzy of TV crews, photographers and reporters. A source said: "The sheriff's department made her exit out of the front
door, just like any other inmate, so no one would say she was given special treatment."

'The Simple Life' star's representative Elliot Mintz refused to reveal what Paris would be doing in her first hours of freedom. However, Paris recently revealed she couldn't wait to eat a "good meal" as soon as she was released. She said: "I will definitely get a good meal because the food in here is absolutely inedible and horrible." Paris, 26, has also outlined her plans to open a safe house for newly-released female prisoners. She explained: "I want to help build a transitional home so that when inmates leave here they don't have to go back to the street. These women just keep coming back because they have no place to go."

Paris first entered prison on June 3, before being reassigned to finish her sentence under house arrest on June 7. Judge Michael Sauer, however, overturned the ruling and ordered her to return to jail the same day. The blonde star, who was said to be suffering from an undisclosed medical issue, was then placed in a medical wing until her condition was considered stable.

Paris recently claimed she was "grateful" for the experience, saying it had made her appreciate her privileged upbringing. She said: "I'm so much more grateful for everything that I have, even just to have a pillow at night, or food." Paris is set to give her first post-jail interview tomorrow night on CNN's 'Larry King Live'.

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