Paris Hilton told police who arrested her for cocaine possession that rolling papers, $1,300 (€1,020) and several credit cards were hers -- but not the purse they were in nor the bag of white powder that fell out of it, it emerged today.
Believing it to be cocaine, an officer asked the socialite who it belonged to.
"She said she had not seen it but now thought it was gum," Lt Dennis Flynn of Las Vegas police wrote in a report.
Hilton (29) told police the purse belonged to a friend. But the friend was never identified.
Hilton, who was charged with cocaine possession, was freed without bail on Saturday after spending less than three hours handcuffed on a jail booking room bench. Her lawyer, David Chesnoff, said he would not comment on the police report.
Lt Flynn said she had asked to be allowed to go into the hotel after her boyfriend, Las Vegas nightclub mogul Cy Waits (34) failed field sobriety tests given by a motorcycle officer. The couple had been stopped in a black Cadillac Escalade after the officer smelled a "vapour trail" of marijuana smoke. Police have not said whether marijuana was found in the car.
Lt Flynn said that Hilton told him she was "extremely embarrassed, due to all the people taking pictures of her", and asked to go inside the Wynn resort to use a bathroom.
Lt Flynn said Hilton was taken to a security holding room inside Wynn to await a female officer to accompany her to a rest room.
"Hilton said she needed to put some lip balm on, and I handed her the purse from the table," Lt Flynn wrote. "As she began to open it, I saw a small bindle of what I believed to be cocaine in clear plastic baggy begin to fall from the purse and into my hand."
Hilton will appear before a Las Vegas judge October 27 on a felony cocaine possession charge that could get her probation if convicted.
A violation of that probation could be punishable by up to one to four years in Nevada state prison.