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The authorities dropped the charges against Hilton, after her co-accused, Jennifer Rovero, “acknowledged to be in possession of cannabis, and pleaded guilty,” said Brig. Sally De Beer, a spokeswoman for South African police.
Rovero, 31, from New York, was sentenced to a fine of 1000 rand ($130) or 30 days imprisonment, De Beer said.
A publicist for Hilton said the incident was a “misunderstanding.”
“However I can confirm that the incident was a complete misunderstanding and it was actually another person in the group who did it,” the statement said. “The case has been dropped against Paris and no charges will be made.”
When told the case had been dropped, Hilton said “thank you” and left the courtroom.
Hilton wrote on Twitter later: “Hey guys, there’s a lot of crazy rumors going around. Just want you all to know the truth. Everything is completely fine. I was not charged or arrested, cause I didn’t do anything.”
She said she was helping police with their investigation.
The socialite was wearing an off-white sleeveless blouse in court. Her hair was in pigtails and she had heavy black eyeliner.
The officers spoke on condition of anonymity, since they were not authorized to release Hilton’s name before she appeared in court.
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 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.”
Investors for Hilton’s 2006 box-office bomb “Pledge This!” have been battling the heiress in federal court, claiming that she didn’t plug the film enough. Hilton, who testified last summer at a trial over the dispute, previously said that she was dissatisfied with the finished film, but she worked hard to make sure the college sorority romp succeed.
Associated Press Writers Eric Naki and Fisnik Abrashi in Johannesburg and AP Entertainment reporter Derrik Lang in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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