Paris high on SA

2010-07-04 10:52

Paris Hilton launched into damage control mode yesterday, saying she was not arrested in Port Elizabeth for smoking cannabis.

This contradicted footage showing Hilton with her friend, Playboy model and photographer Jennifer Rovero (31), in the dock waiting for judgment.

“There’s a lot of ridiculous allegation doing the rounds. Everything is fine. I was not charged and not arrested because I did not do anything.

Everyone was nice to me and friendly. I like SA. Such a wonderful place,” she wrote on Twitter.

Police spokesperson Sally de Beer confirmed that both Hilton and Rovero were taken into ­custody for the illegal possession of drugs.

Police say the two were caught smoking cannabis in the parking ­area of the Nelson Mandela ­Stadium shortly after the game between Brazil and Holland.

Both women and their bodyguards were taken to the Mount Road police station for their fingerprints to be taken. Hilton apparently burst into tears when police took her fingerprints.

After being formally charged, they were taken to the World Cup Court.

An eyewitness says Hilton at one stage ordered seven pizzas and a box of cooldrinks for herself and her entourage while they waited for the proceedings to ­begin.

They didn’t eat and later left with the untouched food.

Rovero was fined R1 000 after pleading guilty and the case against Hilton was withdrawn.

Sapa reports that the government has given Rovero, a former Playboy Playmate, 14 days to leave the country, Home Affairs spokesperson Ronnie

Mamoepa said yesterday.

Mamoepa said the 31-year-old Rovero was served with an order to leave the country in terms of Section 29 of the South Africa’s Immigration Act.

He said Rovero has been given 14 days to leave the country or face deportation.

“She will now become a prohibited person and will accordingly be placed on South Africa’s visa and entry stop list,” Mamoepa said.

Rovero has paid a R10 000 repatriation guarantee which she will forfeit upon failure to depart South Africa within 14 days.

Hennie Bence, a lawyer from Port Elizabeth, was approached by a Joburg security company to defend Hilton.

Advocate Terry Price, who assisted Bence, said Hilton was innocent and had been wrongly ­arrested.

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