Paris Hilton released from jail
“With news outlets and the paparazzi dutifully assembled outside of the L.A. County Correctional Facility in Lynwood, California, the unintentional queen of all media Paris Hilton made her grand exit in front of a live, international television audience early Tuesday morning.
If history so chooses to refer the socialite’s exodus as a circus, then Hilton is the undisputed ringmaster — leaving those of us in the media looking like clowns. Seriously.
I’m pretty sure Hilton is the only inmate that has ever been released from prison with such a spectacle. Sashaying down the walkway as if it were a red carpet, Hilton gave high-fives to the gathered crowd and ran into the arms of her mother, who gave her what would have been a heartwarming hug if she had bothered to actually get out of the SUV she was riding in.
No matter. The crowd ate it up. Photographers, both still and video, bum-rushed the vehicle to try and get a closer look.
Behind the scenes, the levels of coordination and consternation leading up to Hilton’s release were on par with some of the bigger news events I’ve covered.”
June 26, 2007