Paris Hilton Detained by Japanese Authorities
For Paris Hilton, what happened in Vegas definitely didn’t stay in Vegas. In fact, it followed her all the way to Japan.
TMZ reports that Hilton—who copped a plea to cocaine possession and obstructing a police officer this week following her arrest in Sin City in August—was detained and questioned by immigration authorities for several hours after flying to to Japan on business.
According to Hilton’s rep,
“Paris Hilton was delayed by immigration authorities at a Japanese airport this evening after arriving for business obligations planned many months earlier. Paris was contractually bound to her business trip and didn’t want to let down her brands and many Asian fans.”
Though eventually released, Hilton still isn’t free to move about the country just yet; the authorities have limited her to an airport hotel until the matter is resolved.
Japan’s rules about visitors with prior drug convictions are particularly strict, and they’re not prone toward cutting slack for visiting celebrities when it comes to drugs—just ask former Beatle Paul McCartney. According to an employee at the Consulate-General of Japan in New York City, such incidents are handled “on a case by case basis.”
A source close to Hilton tells TMZ that the celebutante is currently weighing whether she’ll press on with her trip or abandon it in light of the current difficulties.