A Los Angeles judge stunned Hollywood on Friday after sentencing Paris Hilton to jail for 45 days. The heiress fought back tears as the sentence was handed down to her at Los Angeles County Superior Court after she was found guilty of violating her probation on an alcohol-related reckless driving charge.
Before the hearing, Hilton, who was joined in court by her parents Rick and Kathy, apologised to Judge Michael T. Sauer for driving her Bentley with a suspended license in February this year. But Sauer was determined to be tough, dismissing claims from Hilton's publicist, Elliot Mintz, that neither he nor his client was aware her license had been suspended, following a drink driving arrest last year.
The judge called Mintz's testimony "completely worthless," adding that Hilton had paper work in her car stating that her license had been suspended. He then told the socialite she would have to serve the full 45 days in jail and she was not eligible for work release.
He also insisted that she wouldn't be able to pick where she served her time. Hilton will begin her jail stint at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Los Angeles County on June 5 next.