Hilton returns to court

Paris Hilton has been taken to court in handcuffs by Los Angeles Police.

Paris Hilton has been taken to court in handcuffs by Los Angeles Police.

Within hours of the 26-year-old being allowed home from prison, the judge who originally put her in jail ordered her back to court to determine whether she should go back behind bars.

“The city attorney filed a petition for an order to show cause why the sheriff should not be held in contempt for releasing Ms Hilton, and demanded that she be held in custody,” Los Angeles Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini said.

He said Hilton must report to court at 9am local time today (5pm Irish Time).

“My understanding is she will be brought in a sheriff’s vehicle from her home,” Mr Parachini said.

Superior Court Judge Michael Sauer issued his order after the city attorney filed a petition late yesterday afternoon questioning whether Sheriff Lee Baca should be held in contempt of court for releasing Hilton yesterday morning.

The celebrity inmate was sent home from the Los Angeles County Jail’s Lynwood lockup shortly after 2am for an unspecified medical condition, only three full days into her original 45-day sentence.

She was ordered to finish her sentence under house arrest, meaning she could not leave her four-bedroom, three-bathroom home in the Hollywood Hills until next month.

“What transpired here is outrageous,” county Supervisor Don Knabe said, adding that he received more than 400 angry emails and hundreds more phone calls from around the US.

He said Hilton’s return home gave the impression of “celebrity justice being handed out”.

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