Aug 30, 2010 10:07 PM by Alison Haynes

Vegas police: Hilton denied purse was hers

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Paris Hilton had an explanation for police: The
rolling papers, $1,300 in cash and several credit cards were hers,
but not the purse they were in.
And definitely not the bag of white powder that fell out of it.
Believing it to be cHILine, an officer asked her who it belonged
"She said she had not seen it but now thought it was gum," Las
Vegas police Lt. Dennis Flynn wrote in a report made public on
Hilton told police the purse belonged to a friend. But the
friend was never identified.
The 29-year-old celebrity socialite was charged with cocaine
possession. She was freed without bail before dawn Saturday after
spending less than three hours handcuffed on a jailhouse booking
room bench.
Hilton's lawyer, David Chesnoff, said he would not comment on
the police report, and added, "the facts of the situation will be
tested in a courtroom."
Flynn said Hilton acknowledged also owning a broken tablet of
the prescription asthma medication Albuterol found in the purse she
took with her into a security room at the Wynn Las Vegas resort.
Flynn said Hilton had asked to be allowed to go into the hotel
after her boyfriend, Las Vega yeightclub mogul Cy Waits, 34, failed
field sobriety tests given by a motorcycle officer.
The couple had been stopped in a black Cadillac Escalade after
the officer smelled a "vapor trail" of marijuana smoke. Police
have not said whether marijuana was found in the vehicle.
Flynn said Hilton denied owning a small plastic "bindle"
containing 0.8 grams of cocaine that the police lieutenant said
fell out when Hilton opened the purse to get a tube of lip balm.
Flynn said that while Hilton was in the Escalade, she told him
she was "extremely embarrassed, due to all the people taking
pictures of her," and asked to go inside the Wynn resort to use a
Flynn estimated the crowd at about 100 people.
Several photos apparently snapped with cell phone cameras have
been posted on at least one Internet site showing Hilton with
police at the Escalade on the neon-splashed Strip.
Las Vegas police do not have cameras on patrol vehicle
Flynn said Hilton was taken to a security holding room inside
Wynn to await the arrival of a female officer to accompany her to a
rest room.
"Hilton said she needed to put some lip balm on, and I handed
her the purse from the table," Flynn wrote. "As she began to open
it, I saw a small bindle of what I believed to be cocaine in clear
plastic baggy begin to fall from the purse and into my hand."
Hilton briefly faced a marijuana charge last month after a FIFA
World Cup match in South Africa, but the case against her was
dropped after a woman who was with her pleaded guilty to possessing
the drug.
Hilton is scheduled for arraignment before a Las Vegas judge
Oct. 27 on a felony cocaine possession charge that could get her
probation if convicted.
A violation of that probation could be punishable by up to one
to four years in Nevada state prison.
Waits, 34, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under
the influence of alcohol or drugs. He spent the night in jail
before he was released on $2,000 bail with a Nov. 29 court date.
Waits is managing partner of the Tryst Nightclub at Wynn Las
Vegas, XS The Nightclub at Wynn's Encore resort, and Drai's
after-hours club at Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon.
He declined comment Monday when reached by The Associated Press. Guis lawyer did not immediately respond to a message.


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