Saturday, August 28, 2010

Paris Hilton Mugshot - Arrested for Cocaine

LAS VEGAS -- Paris Hilton was arrested on the Las Vegas Strip late Friday after police saw a cloud of what they suspected was marijuana smoke wafting from the windows of a black Cadillac Escalade driven by her boyfriend, then found a small amount of cocaine in her possession.

Hiltons’s lawyer, David Chesnoff, released this statement on her behalf: “Paris Hilton was released this morning on her own recognizance. This matter will be dealt with in the courts not in the media and I encourage people not to rush to judgment until all of the facts have been dealt with in a court of law. There will be no interviews and no more comments at this time.”

Shortly before midnight Friday a crowd quickly gathered near the stop on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Wynn Las Vegas resort, and Hilton was taken into the hotel "to keep her safe" during the initial investigation, police Lt. Wayne Holman said.

The 29-year-old socialite and Las Vegas nightclub mogul Cy Waits were booked into the Clark County jail, police said. Hilton was released early Saturday morning without bail.

Officer Marcus Martin said police found that Hilton had a substance that tests later showed to be cocaine, but he did not say how much of the drug was found. She was arrested on a felony cocaine possession charge.

June 4, 2007: Paris Hilton is seen after turning herself in to begin a jail sentence in Lynwood, Calif. after pleading no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving.

If convicted of the low-grade felony, Hilton would get probation, but any violation would be punishable by one to four years in jail.

Clark County District Attorney David Roger declined to comment Saturday.

Hilton's attorney, David Chesnoff, told The Associated Press on Saturday morning that he was still gathering facts about the arrest.

"But I caution people not to rush to judgment," he said.

Hilton's manager did not immediately respond early Saturday to telephone calls for comment. Her publicist, Dawn Miller, did not immediately return an e-mail message.

Jail records showed that Waits, 34, remained held pending a court appearance on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Hilton's court date was not immediately available.

Waits and his twin brother, Jesse, are managing partners of the Tryst Nightclub inside Wynn Las Vegas, Drai's after hours club at Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon, and XS The Nightclub at Wynn's Encore resort.

Wynn Resorts officials did not immediately respond to messages early Saturday.

Hilton hadn't commented on the arrest publicly, although she appeared to be tweeting. After her arrest, she told fans she was in bed watching the television show "Family Guy" and then she announced she was going to bed. It was unclear if the tweets were coming from her, being sent out on time release or being sent by someone else.

Earlier this week, Hilton was in the news when a 31-year-old man allegedly tried to break into her Los Angeles home.

Authorities have said that someone carrying two big knives banged on Hilton's window Tuesday. She posted a photo of the arrest on Twitter and described it as "scary." Nathan Lee Parada faces a felony burglary charge.

Hilton was arrested this summer after the Brazil-Netherlands World Cup match in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on suspicion of possession of marijuana. The case was then dropped at a midnight court hearing.

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 CNN host 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."

While most famous for her tabloid exploits and reality TV series "The Simple Life," Hilton has appeared in the films "Bottoms Up," "The Hottie & the Nottie" and "House of Wax."


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mary Kennedy Charges with Driving Under Influence of Drugs

The wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs one month after her license was suspended following her guilty plea to driving while impaired by alcohol, state police said Tuesday.

Mary Richardson Kennedy, 50, initially was pulled over Saturday morning for speeding on the Taconic State Parkway in Dutchess County, in the Hudson Valley, state police told The Associated Press. They did not specify how fast her Volvo was going, the results of her sobriety test or what drugs she allegedly had taken.

Kennedy told the trooper who stopped her after she was observed driving 82 mph that she was headed to a yoga class, The Journal News reported. She was driving alone.

After her arrest, she was taken to the state police barracks in Millbrook and examined by a drug-recognition expert, who determined she was under the influence of a prescription medication, the newspaper said. It did not identify the drug.

Kennedy is scheduled to appear in Pleasant Valley Town Court on Thursday.

There is no phone listing for the Kennedy home in Bedford, a New York City suburb. Robert Kennedy has reportedly filed for divorce and police records indicate Mary Kennedy lives in nearby Mount Kisco, but a phone number for her could not immediately be found.

Mary Kennedy's lawyer, Kerry Lawrence, did not immediately respond to a voice mail left by the AP at his office early Tuesday, but he told The Journal News, "We look forward to defending the charges against Miss Richardson Kennedy."

Kennedy was first arrested May 15 on a charge of driving while intoxicated after a police officer reported seeing her drive her car over a curb near the Bedford home. Her only passenger was a dog. Police said she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent; the legal limit is 0.08 percent.

She avoided jail time by pleading guilty to a lesser charge, admitting in court last month that her driving ability was impaired during the incident.

The judge fined Kennedy $500, suspended her driver's license for 90 days and ordered her to attend two drunken-driving programs.

Kennedy had a conditional license that allowed her to drive under certain circumstances, The Journal News reported.

Lawrence told the newspaper that his client was heading to the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, an accredited educational center, and that she was allowed to drive there under the terms of her conditional license. The conditional license was issued Aug. 12, the day after her license suspension went into effect.

Mary Kennedy's first arrest came three days after Robert Kennedy filed a matrimonial action with the Westchester County clerk's office, naming his wife as defendant. Several news reports said he had filed for divorce, and most such filings are divorce suits, but the papers are sealed and both Kennedys have refused to comment.

Robert Kennedy, a prominent environmental lawyer, is the son of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, both assassinated in the 1960s. Mary Kennedy is his second wife. They have four children.

Bedford police said in May that they had responded to the Kennedy home twice in the week before Mary Kennedy's arrest but no crimes had been committed.