Japanese officials kept Paris Hilton at Narita International Airport for a second day today while they decide whether she will be admitted to the country after pleading guilty to a misdemeanour drug charge in Las Vegas.
The 29-year-old celebrity was stopped by immigration authorities upon her arrival in Japan yesterday, one day after her plea, according to an e-mailed statement by Hilton’s representative, Dawn Miller.
Hilton spent the night at an airport hotel after being questioned by officials.
She was scheduled to appear at a news conference in Tokyo today to promote her fashion and fragrance lines, but that appearance was cancelled.
“We interviewed her yesterday and we may interview her again today. We are continuing the immigration process to determine whether she can enter Japan or not,” said Kazuo Kashihara, an immigration official at Narita.
He declined to give a reason for the delay, but under Japanese law, immigration authorities are empowered to deny entry to those who have been convicted of drug-related offences.
Officials at the US Embassy in Tokyo declined to comment. The front desk at her hotel said calls to her room could not be connected.
Tokyo was the first stop on Hilton’s planned Asia tour, during which she planned to visit Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and open a new retail store in Jakarta, Indonesia. Both countries have strict anti-drug laws and immigration procedures, and it was unclear whether Hilton would continue her travels.
Miller’s statement said Hilton was disappointed with the scrutiny by Japanese authorities.
“Paris was contractually bound to her business trip and didn’t want to let down her brands and many Asian fans,” the statement said. “She intended on fulfilling her contract and is trying hard to do the responsible thing, but this is beyond her control. She is very disappointed by tonight’s events.”