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Paris Hilton's not-my-drugs excuse part of a time-honored celebrity bust tradition

Paris Hilton and Cy Waits, 2010. (AP Photo/Donald Traill)

Hey, those aren't my drugs! Paris Hilton is the latest celeb to offer the time-honored explanation for inconvenient proximity to contraband. Arrested Friday in Vegas, the heiress told cops the purse that they saw cocaine fall out of during a traffic stop wasn't her purse, according to an arrest report obtained by the Associated Press. Such a frequent misunderstanding!

  • Not my delivery: Jerry Hall in 1987, on being found with 20 pounds of marijuana in Barbados. The model (later wife of Mick Jagger) said she accidentally picked up someone else's package at the airport; was acquitted.
    • Not my pants: Lindsay Lohan in 2007, on the cocaine found in her pocket during a drunk-driving stop in L.A. She said she was wearing a friend's pants; later pleaded guilty to cocaine use and DUI.
    • Not my luggage: Former "CSI" star Gary Dourdan in 2008, on being found asleep in his car in Palm Springs, Calif., with a bag full of drugs, which he told reporters must have been left behind by someone he'd given a ride to at the Coachella music festival; later pleaded guilty to possession.
    • Not my prosthetic penis: Tom Sizemore in 2005, when accused of cheating on a court-mandated drug test with something called the Whizzinator; also said that wasn't his underwear in which authorities found the device.

    By The Reliable Source  |  August 31, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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    Posted by: dseigler2 | August 30, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

    What the media and public are missing in their swift kneejerk hatred of Paris Hilton (and there's plenty to hate) is that the entire thing will be thrown out of court. Anyone who has ever see a film called "The Star Chamber" (with Michael Douglas) might remember why, because nearly the same scenario happened in it.

    Without going into detail about what happens in the film, just think about this: if the motorcycle cop saw a "trail of marijuana smoke" coming out of the vehicle, that would mean a rather large amount of it was being smoked. So .. did they find the remains of a joint, or any other marijuana in the car? The police report doesnt mention it, nor does it say if the vehicle smelled like it to other officers when they arrived. See, its one thing for a cop to use that time-honored lame excuse to pull someone over that he finds "suspicious", but if he doesnt actually find physical evidence of marijuana use, then he had no valid reason for the stop in the first place, and no just cause in further searches. So again, where's the weed?

    I think the cop made it up (like they would a "faulty taillight"). If that's the case, I hope they do throw it all out of court, and the cop should be fired. There is something very fishy about the entire police report. Are they really gonna take Paris inside the building, let her go into her bag for "lip balm" (why hadnt it been searched first?), and then cocaine is just gonna magically fall out of the bag into a cop's hand??? This is Vegas we're talking about, their cops arent much less corrupt than LA.

    Posted by: saintsubversive | August 31, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

    Whatever, it sure looks like poor Paris is circling the drain in the boyfriend department. She and her sister were nice little girls, it is criminal what their whacko, social climbing, parents turned them into.

    Note to Rick and Cathy - boys from good families don't marry girls with "videos"!

    Posted by: SoCali | August 31, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

    And what law school did saintsubversive go to? Well, I went to Georgetown Law and can assure you that your reasoning is ridiculous. And, based on a movie! An officer needs probable cause, but no proof of the original suspension is necessary. In Paris' case the coke fell out of her purse in plain sight from what I have read. Can't say the charge will definitely hold up, but it certainly won't be thrown out because no marijuana was found.

    Posted by: SweetieJ | August 31, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

    It's just a matter of time before, "The b*tch set me up!" comes out of this girl's mouth.

    Aside from giving her some more jail time to ponder her stupidity, the judge ought to insist that she NOT hang around with anyone doing drugs. Based on the number of times in the last few weeks that she's been faux-busted, she'd find fewer druggie associates in jail than she hangs with now.

    I'm a little suspicious of the timing of this and the news that her aunts will be on Real Housewives this fall, too. Some publicity machine those people have...

    Posted by: Kalnel | August 31, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

    Jury determination of "intent" in relation to circumstantial evidence; the albuterol connection, the claim the purse was not hers even though she markets her own brand of purses and handbags, the attorney does not want the case tried in the media even though it is Paris Hilton and Las Vegas, for these discussions and others, see:

    Paris Hilton Case--"Just the facts, Ma'am"

    Posted by: shanghai_newswire | August 31, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

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