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Paris Hilton arrested in South Africa

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) - Paris Hilton appeared
briefly late Friday in a South African courtroom after being
arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana, according to an
Associated Press reporter in court.
Hilton appeared in a special FIFA World Cup court around
midnight local time. Neither she nor court officials said anything
and she was quickly led away to another room.
The socialite was wearing an off-white sleeveless blouse. Her
hair was in pigtails and she had heavy black eyeliner.
Hilton was detained in Port Elizabeth earlier Friday for
possession of marijuana charges, two South African police officers
said.
The officers spoke on condition of anonymity, since they were
not authorized to release Hilton's name before she appeared in
court.
A spokeswoman for police at Port Elizabeth, Brig. Marinda Mills,
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," Mills told the Associated Press.
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 Hilton was detained
outside the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium, following the quarterfinal
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.
Hilton pleaded no contest in 2007 to alcohol-related reckless
driving and was sentenced to 45 days in jail. After spending about
23 days in jail, Hilton told Larry King that 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 bomb "Pledge This!"
have been battling the heiress in federal court, claiming that she
didn't plug the film enough. Hilton, who testified last summer at a
trial over the dispute, previously said that she was dissatisfied
with the finished film, but she worked hard to make sure the
college sorority romp succeed.
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Associated Press Writer Eric Naki in Johannesburg and AP
Entertainment reporter Derrik Lang in Los Angeles contributed to
this report.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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