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03 June 2007 :: 17:06:24 pm 4476

Paris Hilton To Taste Life Behind Bars

Paris Hilton faces perhaps her most trying test Tuesday when she starts a stint behind bars, deprived of such essentials as make-up, mobile phones and martinis.
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The 26-year-old heiress to the Hilton hotel empire was sentenced to 45 days in jail last month by a Los Angeles judge for driving on a suspended license, violating the sentence imposed when she was caught driving while drunk.

She has until Tuesday, June 5 to turn herself into the women’s prison in Lynwood, southern Los Angeles, to serve her time where she will swap her designer labels for a less-than-flattering jump-suit.

Since her sentencing, she has sought via an Internet petition to appeal for mercy to former film star, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, urging him to intervene to overturn her sentence.

But her plea fell on deaf ears, and in the past weeks Hilton has been conspicuously absent on the Hollywood party circuit, apparently traumatized by the fate that awaits her.

Her mother, Kathy, told the Internet site TMZ.com that her daughter was “preparing and praying.”
Hilton, who stands to inherit a 30 to 50 million dollar slice of her family’s hotel fortune, is more used to living it up in luxury hotel suites around the world and being toasted at A-list only parties. And it would appear that her celebrity status will indeed grant her a measure of protection from the usual harsh prison environment that greets other inmates.
 Hotel heiress Paris Hilton, seen here 04 May 2007, is backing an online campaign to request California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issue a pardon following her 45-day prison sentence for driving on a suspended license.

Photos : (AFP/File/Gabriel Bouys)

Her spokesman Elliot Mintz said he couldn’t “make any comment about Ms Hilton” and how she will present herself at the prison.

A prisoner fixes a sign prohibiting cameras and cell phones at the entrance of the Century Regional Detention Facility of Lynwood, California, 01 June, where Paris Hilton must spend 45 days for driving on a suspended license. The 26-year-old hotel heiress, who is to begin her sentence 05 June, will be eligible for a reduced sentence for good behavior. A guard and prisoners arrive to install a sign at the entrance of the Century Regional Detention Facility of Lynwood, California 01 June, where Paris Hilton, must spend 45 days for driving on a suspended license. The 26-year-old hotel heiress is to begin her sentence 05 June and will be eligible for a reduced sentence for good behavior Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore talks with news media representatives outside the Century Regional Detention Facility as all wait for Paris Hilton to arrive to start serving time for violating her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case, in Lynwood, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2006. A judge sentenced Hilton to 45 days behind bars. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Authorities have said that she could get out within 23 days for good behavior.

Her arrival at the jail on Tuesday is likely to trigger another media frenzy. And efforts to stop pictures of one of the world’s most photographed women in prison garb, behind cell doors, from being taking and being smuggled out of the jail, could also prove a challenge.
Members of the media settle in at the Century Regional Detention Center as they wait for Paris Hilton arrive for first day of her three week prison sentence, Saturday, June 2, 2007 in Lynwood, Calif. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

According to one owner of a Los Angeles photo gallery, Frank Griffin, any snap of a disgraced Hilton in prison could fetch the lucky owner as much as 500,000 dollars.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore denied that Hilton would not be getting any special treatment because of her celebrity status.

The entrance of the Century Regional Detention Facility of Lynwood, California is pictured 01 June, where Paris Hilton, must spend 45 days for driving on a suspended license. It seems she will be housed in a special part of the jail away from the prying eyes of other prisoners, and will probably only have one cell mate.  A toilet inside a typical jail cell at the Century Regional Detention Facility is captured from a video footage taken in Lynwood, California near Los Angeles May 4, 2007.

Like other inmates in the special-needs area, she will take her meals in her cell and will be allowed outside the 12-foot-by-8-foot space for at least an hour each day to shower, watch TV in the day room, participate in outdoor recreation or talk on the telephone. She will have to use a public pay phone – cell phones and BlackBerrys aren’t allowed.

But he said prison staff would do everything to protect her safety and security at the jail.

Although she is an heiress, Hilton has become independently wealthy in the past decade thanks to her looks, her name, and her knack of making headlines at key moments in her life.
A high-school drop-out, Hilton first began to be noticed while working as a model for property tycoon Donald Trump’s agency, rapidly acquiring a reputation as a party girl along with her sister, Nicky Hilton.
But it was the release of an Internet home sex video featuring her and then boyfriend Rick Salomon which catapulted her into the public consciousness. Hilton professed she was mortified at the appearance of the sex tape, but skeptics have noted that it appeared just before the premiere of her reality television show “The Simple Life.”

 

Reports said Hilton eventually received a 400,000-dollar cut of the video’s DVD and Internet profits. The heiress said in an interview last year she never received any payment from the lurid enterprise.

At the same time, Hilton has nurtured money-spinning parallel businesses, endorsing jewelry, perfume and clothing lines whilst pursuing acting and music careers, with varying degrees of success.

This image released by Capla Kesting Fine(CKFA) Art in New York, shows a sculture of socialite Paris Hilton and her dog. The sculpture, which goes on public display on 11 May 2007, is by artist Daniel Edwards, whose previous works have included a nude, life-sized sculpture of pop princess Britney Spears on all fours giving birth.(AFP/CKFA-HO)
The sculpture ‘Paris Hilton Autopsy’ by sculptor Daniel Edwards is seen at the Capla Kesting Fine Art studio in the Brooklyn borough of New York May 9, 2007. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Entertainment News

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