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Cocaine not mine, insists Hilton

Paris Hilton told police who arrested her for cocaine possession that rolling papers, 1,300 dollars and several credit cards were hers - but not the purse they were in nor the bag of white powder that fell out of it.

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.

Paris, 29, told police the purse belonged to a friend. The friend was never identified.

The star, who was charged with cocaine possession, was freed without bail before dawn on Saturday after spending less than three hours on a jail booking room bench. Her lawyer, David Chesnoff, said he wouldn't comment on the police report, adding: "The facts of the situation will be tested in a courtroom."

Lt Flynn said Paris acknowledged also owning a broken tablet of the prescription asthma medication Albuterol found in the purse she took with her into a security room at the Wynn Las Vegas resort.

He 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 vehicle.

Lt Flynn said Paris denied owning a small plastic "bindle" containing 0.8 grams of cocaine that he said fell out when she opened the purse to get some lip balm.

Lt Flynn said while the heiress was in the Escalade, she 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.

Paris will appear before a Las Vegas judge on October 27 on a felony cocaine possession charge.

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