Paris Hilton loves the World Cup and it appears the World Cup loves her back. After a brief interaction with law enforcement and an appearance before the special World Cup Court, all is once again très bon with Paris.
According to the Associated Press, Paris the heiress was detained by officers outside the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium, after witnessing the Netherlands' surprising upset over the usually favored Brazilians at the World Cup quarter-final match. So much FIFA news, so little time. Once again returning to the legal issues at hand, Ms. Hilton was detained on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance. Or as a local policeman explained, "She was found in possession of some amount of dagga," Dagga is 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," the officer said.
It must be lovely to be so high profile that even the police in a country not your own will treat you with, if not kid gloves, then at least like someone who might call her publicist in tears. On that note, the AP reports Hilton's Los Angeles-based publicist, Dawn Miller, said she was awaiting details from the court appearance before commenting.
Apparently the time lag did not affect the British press as much. The Guardian is already reporting as of late afternoon on July 2 (PST) that the charges have been dropped against Hilton. So in the end, football fans, like almost everything else to do with Ms. Hilton, it looks like this story is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
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