Paris avoids jail after pleading guilty to cocaine possession
Paris Hilton has admitted having cocaine in her handbag and pleaded guilty to two minor charges after her arrest last month in Las Vegas.
She will serve a year of probation and avoid a more serious felony charge under a plea deal worked out with prosecutors.
The celebrity heiress pleaded guilty to drug possession and obstructing a police officer.
Hilton (29) must complete a drug abuse program, pay a $2,000 fine and serve 200 hours of community service.
Hilton — wearing a champagne-coloured blouse, a black pencil skirt and black platform heels — told Judge Joseph Bonventure in the Las Vegas court she had been in possession of cocaine.
When he asked what she did to obstruct justice, Hilton, swaying side to side, responded: “I said that the purse (handbag) wasn't mine to the officer”, and acknowledged that she had bought it months earlier.
When asked why she didn't fight the charge, her lawyer, David Chesnoff said: “Miss Hilton accepts responsibility.”
She faces a year in jail if she breaks the probation and is |arrested for anything other than a minor traffic violation.
Judge Bonventure told Hilton she would have to stay out of trouble.
The agreement does not require Hilton to be assigned a probation officer, meaning she won’t have to report to anyone.
She originally faced a felony cocaine possession charge.
Hilton was arrested on August 26 inside the Wynn casino resort after police say a small plastic bag containing 0.8 of a gram of cocaine spilled out of a Chanel bag she was carrying as she reached for a tube of lip balm in front of a police officer.
Hilton told police the bag and cocaine were not hers, but claimed some items belonged to her, including $1,300 in cash and several credit cards.