Paris Hilton detained on World Cup dope charge
Published 03/07/2010 | 05:00
PARIS Hilton was detained in the South African city of Port Elizabeth last night for having marijuana.
A spokeswoman for the police declined to confirm the name, but said a high-profile person was appearing in court.
"This person is appearing in court right now. We cannot reveal information about her until she has appeared in court. I am here with the individual in court, we're waiting for the court to start," she said.
Hilton's Los Angeles-based publicist, Dawn Miller, said she was awaiting details from the court appearance before commenting.
A local radio station in Johannesburg said the heiress, model and singer was detained outside the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium, following the World Cup match between Brazil and Netherlands.
A police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Hilton was caught with an unspecified amount of marijuana.
"She was found in possession of some amount of dagga," the officer said, using the local name for marijuana. "We don't know how much. It's a high-profile person, only the top cops are dealing with it," he said.
In 2007, Hilton spent 23 days in jail for alcohol-related reckless driving. She later said the experience caused her to re-evaluate the role partying played in her life. She said she wanted "to help raise money for kids and for breast cancer and multiple sclerosis".
Investors for Hilton's 2006 box-office flop 'Pledge This!' have been battling the American heiress in court, claiming that she didn't plug the film enough.