Los Angeles: Paris Hilton has decided not appeal a judge’s decision sending her back to jail and called for an end to the media feeding frenzy sparked by her jail sentence.
Hilton, who was reportedly held in a Los Angeles prison hospital unit on 10 June under medication, was dragged sobbing from court earlier (with images flashed across international dailies), after being ordered to serve out the remainder of her 45-day jail term.
The 26-year-old heiress to the Hilton hotel fortune was released for unspecified medical reasons last week after serving just three days behind bars, provoking a public outcry amid allegations of favouritism.
New reports have reported that Hilton’s health collapse last week was caused by dehydration. “She didn’t eat or drink a single thing for three days because she didn’t want to use the toilet,” a source also told the New York Daily News, adding that Hilton suffered from claustrophobia and hyperventilation.
“She was absolutely terrified that one of the guards or staffers would get her with the cellphone cam and it would wind up on the Internet,” a source identified as a Hilton insider told the newspaper.
“She cried the entire time, and that wasn’t helping the dehydration,” the source told the New York daily.
Though distraught at the decision to return her to prison, Hilton said in a statement released through her lawyers that she would not appeal.
“I told my attorneys not to appeal the judge’s decision,” she said, describing being in jail as “by far the hardest thing I have ever done.”
According to entertainment news site TMZ.com, Hilton will remain in the hospital unit until she is released and will not be sent back to her spartan two-bunk cell at the Lynwood women’s jail where she was incarcerated last week.
An army of photographers, reporters and television crews camped outside Hilton’s home and the Los Angeles county jail awaiting police cruisers to transport her in and out.
In a statement, Paris Hilton said she was using her jail time to reflect on her fate. “During the past several days, I have had a lot of time to think, and I believe that I am learning and growing from this experience,” she said.
Hilton, who throughout her career has rarely shunned the media spotlight, said in her statement she was stunned by the blanket coverage of her case.
“I was shocked to see all of the attention devoted to the amount of time I would spend in jail for what I had done -- by the media, public and city officials,” she said.
“I would hope going forward that the public and the media will focus on more important things like the men and women serving our country in Iraq and other places around the world.”