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55. Paris Goes to Jail in LA
The biggest news in the whole world occurred
weeks ago when Paris Hilton was sentenced to 23
in a Los Angeles jail. The heiress
the Hilton hotel fortune, who was a favorite
the paparazzi, had been cited for driving on
suspended license, among other things.
When the judge
that she must go to jail, people everywhere
their approval or disapproval. The news was on
radio, TV, and the Internet. Why her situation
such worldwide news mystified almost everyone. After all,
only known value to society thus far had
her ability to party with one boyfriend after
, one week after another. As many said, she
famous for being famous—nothing more.
When she finally
to jail, there must have been 100 photographers
pictures of her. At first, the jail officials
her in a private cell, but her claustrophobia
her to have panic attacks. They released her
next day. The following day, however, the judge
her back to jail to finish her sentence.
sheriff said she was treated like all the
prisoners. She ate baloney sandwiches and other nutritious
, just like the others. When she finally was
from jail, at 12:01 a.m. on a Tuesday
, dozens of photographers again congregated around her to
the “perfect” photo. She spent the first day
—and recovering—at home in her parents’ mansion.
on the Larry King radio show and talked
her experience. She hadn’t liked being in jail,
said, but it had turned her life around.
had found God, and now she was going
do all she could to help needy people