Jail no Hilton for Paris


Summary

Hilton, 26, heir to her family's hotel fortune, turned herself in to police at the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles late on Sunday, in an attempt to foil the crush of media attention, a spokeswoman with the county sheriff's office, Maribel Rizo, said.

VIDEO: Hilton checks in

Hilton was accompanied by her mother, her younger sister Nicky, and her attorney Richard Hutton.

Police then drove her to the Century Regional Detention Facility, the county women's jail in the Los Angeles suburb of Lynwood, some 25 kilometres from her mansion in the Hollywood foothills.

A judge sentenced Hilton to 45 days for violating the terms of her probation, after being arrested for driving with a suspended license, but she could be released after 23 for good behaviour, court officials said.

Police had pulled the heiress over in February while she was on probation for a previous drunk driving violation.

Just ahead of checking into jail, Hilton made a glittering red-carpet appearance wearing a black strapless dress at the MTV Music Awards. She was the centre of attention, with event hosts cracking jokes about her difficulties.

The roundabout route to prison one day earlier than expected was designed to throw off the army of paparazzi camped out in front of the women's jail, creating a potential safety hazard, police said.

Hilton "was cooperative during the (booking) process, which included being fingerprinted, photographed, medically screened," said Sergeant Diane Hecht of the Los Angeles Sheriff Department.

Solitary confinement

The celebrity prisoner was "issued jail clothing, an orange top and pants, and personal hygiene items," then escorted to her cell around 1:00 am (0800 GMT) Monday, Sergeant Hecht said.

In a change from earlier plans, Hilton will be in solitary confinement 23 hours a day and "segregated in a special housing unit from the general population," Sergeant Hecht said.

Hilton will be allowed to spend an hour a day outside the cell to shower, use the jail telephone and watch television, Hecht added.

"Although I am scared, I am ready to begin my jail sentence," Hilton said earlier in a statement.

"During the past few weeks, I have had a lot of time to think and have come to realise I made some mistakes," she said.

"This is an important point in my life and I need to take responsibility for my actions. In the future, I plan on taking more of an active role in the decisions I make," said Hilton.

Waxworks

While Hilton settled into jail, her wax work dummy in New York was also getting into the prison spirit with a new wardrobe.

Madame Tussaud's took the opportunity to dress the celebrity socialite's wax mannequin up in a black and white striped prison suit.

A spokeswoman said Hilton's dummy would stay in prison garb for as long as her real-life counterpart.


Hilton, 26, heir to her family's hotel fortune, turned herself in to police at the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles late on Sunday, in an attempt to foil the crush of media attention, a spokeswoman with the county sheriff's office, Maribel Rizo, said.

VIDEO: Hilton checks in

Hilton was accompanied by her mother, her younger sister Nicky, and her attorney Richard Hutton.

Police then drove her to the Century Regional Detention Facility, the county women's jail in the Los Angeles suburb of Lynwood, some 25 kilometres from her mansion in the Hollywood foothills.

A judge sentenced Hilton to 45 days for violating the terms of her probation, after being arrested for driving with a suspended license, but she could be released after 23 for good behaviour, court officials said.

Police had pulled the heiress over in February while she was on probation for a previous drunk driving violation.

Just ahead of checking into jail, Hilton made a glittering red-carpet appearance wearing a black strapless dress at the MTV Music Awards. She was the centre of attention, with event hosts cracking jokes about her difficulties.

The roundabout route to prison one day earlier than expected was designed to throw off the army of paparazzi camped out in front of the women's jail, creating a potential safety hazard, police said.

Hilton "was cooperative during the (booking) process, which included being fingerprinted, photographed, medically screened," said Sergeant Diane Hecht of the Los Angeles Sheriff Department.

Solitary confinement

The celebrity prisoner was "issued jail clothing, an orange top and pants, and personal hygiene items," then escorted to her cell around 1:00 am (0800 GMT) Monday, Sergeant Hecht said.

In a change from earlier plans, Hilton will be in solitary confinement 23 hours a day and "segregated in a special housing unit from the general population," Sergeant Hecht said.

Hilton will be allowed to spend an hour a day outside the cell to shower, use the jail telephone and watch television, Hecht added.

"Although I am scared, I am ready to begin my jail sentence," Hilton said earlier in a statement.

"During the past few weeks, I have had a lot of time to think and have come to realise I made some mistakes," she said.

"This is an important point in my life and I need to take responsibility for my actions. In the future, I plan on taking more of an active role in the decisions I make," said Hilton.

Waxworks

While Hilton settled into jail, her wax work dummy in New York was also getting into the prison spirit with a new wardrobe.

Madame Tussaud's took the opportunity to dress the celebrity socialite's wax mannequin up in a black and white striped prison suit.

A spokeswoman said Hilton's dummy would stay in prison garb for as long as her real-life counterpart.