Paris Hilton denied purse containing drugs was hers
Paris Hilton denied that a purse she was carrying that contained drugs was hers but said other items inside were, including breathing medication, credit cards and $1,300 in cash, according to a police report.
Hilton was arrested Saturday evening with her boyfriend, Las Vegas nightclub operator Cy Waits, who was driving the black SUV stopped by an officer at 11:22 p.m. Friday because of the smell of marijuana.
A police lieutenant found .8 grams of cocaine in, a purse Hilton was carrying. She is expected to be charged with felony drug possession by Clark County prosecutors, based on the police report.
According to the report, Hilton and Waits were stopped near the Wynn Hotel, where a crowd gathered as officers prepared to search the Cadillac SUV for narcotics. Hilton told the officer she needed to use the bathroom and was escorted into the hotel.
Lt. D. Flynn of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said Hilton carried the purse into the hotel, and he had her place it on a table in a Wynn security room. As they waited for a female officer to respond to help with the search, Hilton asked for her purse to get lip balm.
“As she began to open it, I saw a small bindle of what I believed to be cocaine in a clear baggy begin to fall from the purse and into my hand," Flynn wrote. "I then immediately took the purse and dropped the bindle back on the top," waiting for another officer to witness the recovery.
Hilton told him she borrowed the purse but the cash, broken Albuterol tablet, credit cards and Zig-Zag wrappers were hers, Flynn said.
She allegedly told Flynn that the cosmetics were not hers. Flynn noted that Zig-Zag wrappers are typically used to smoke marijuana.
Hilton’s attorney, David Chesnoff, urged people not to "rush to judgment."
"This matter will be dealt with in the courts, not in the media, and I encourage people not to rush to judgment until all of the facts have been dealt with in a court of law," he said in the statement.
Waits' attorney, Richard Schonfeld, says the two are innocent and the facts will exonerate them.
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Photo: Paris Hilton and boyfriend Cy Waits. Credit: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department