'Pretty Wild' reality star Alexis Neiers surrenders to authorities
Alexis Neiers, the 18-year-old Calabasas woman best known for her E! Entertainment reality show "Pretty Wild,” surrendered to authorities Thursday at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown L.A. to begin a 180-day jail sentence. Neiers had pleaded no contest to first-degree residential burglary last month.
The case garnered much media attention because of a roster of celebrity victims that included Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Audrina Patridge and Rachel Bilson. However, officials say Neiers was a minor player in the burglaries that took place in 2008 and 2009.
On Thursday, Neiers wore a dark sweatshirt, pants and her hair down. She stood next to her attorney as he informed Judge Patricia Schnegg that she was ready to begin her jail sentence.
Judge Schnegg gave Neiers two days credit for time already served and asked the bailiff to take Neiers into custody.
Neiers then began to cry and look over her shoulder at her mother, Andrea Arlington, who was also crying. As the bailiff handcuffed Neiers, Arlington yelled "I love you."
The judge then asked Neiers’ attorney if she needed to turn in anything, and Arlington responded that her daughter had earrings on. Neiers whimpered and said she would turn the earrings in later as the bailiff took her in the back.
People sitting in the gallery looked on as mother and daughter had their last exchange. One man laughed as Neiers was led away.
Arlington then walked out of the courtroom. She waited briefly speaking with at least four people who accompanied her to the court about a planned news conference outside the court. During the conversation, she made a derogatory comment about the judge.
In the elevator, Arlington asked a friend if she could speak her mind to the media.
When the woman told her "no," Arlington said, "Then what's the point of this thing?"
-- Sarah Ardalani at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center
Photo: Alexis Neiers, right, and attorney Susan Morris Haber attend a May hearing at which Neiers was sentenced to jail time and three years of probation. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times