Paris Hilton, who arrived 10 minutes late to her hearing at the Metropolitan Courthouse in downtown LA today (she can never get that damn lazy eye out of the house on time!), ignored the manic photographers calling to her and, according to a report, “appeared serious” – apparently in contrast to her usual cackling, twat-flaunting performances for the “press.” Even with the city’s blustery weather today, any playful upskirt activity that could have occurred as she scurried into the courthouse with several men in suits was prevented by her Friday-go-to-court ensemble of white shirt, grey jacket, and black trousers, which no doubt would please any courtroom sketch artist with a limited palette. (AP photo)
The celebrity case brought an unusual scene to the austere courthouse south of downtown in a commercial area. As if at a red carpet event, dozens of photographers and reporters lined up at the rear entrance. Yellow police tape substituted for velvet ropes. TV trucks were parked nearby to beam the news worldwide and a helicopter hovered overhead. Extra sheriff’s deputies stood guard.