Paris Hilton leaves Japan after questioning

TOKYO Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:27am EDT

Paris Hilton speaks to the media as she departs Japan from Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, September 22, 2010. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Paris Hilton speaks to the media as she departs Japan from Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, September 22, 2010.

Credit: Reuters/Toru Hanai

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Paris Hilton left Japan on Wednesday after lengthy questioning from airport officials, and following media reports that the socialite would not be allowed into the country after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine.

Hilton, 29, had flown into Tokyo on Tuesday for a fashion show but had been held back by officials at Narita airport so they could decide whether to allow her into Japan.

In Japan, immigration authorities can deny entry to anyone convicted of drug-related offences.

Hilton dropped her request to enter the country after questioning by officials, Kyodo news agency said. A spokesman at the airport's immigration bureau declined to say whether she had been barred entry or if she was leaving on her own will.

"I'm going back home. I look forward to being back in Japan in the future," the celebrity heiress said.

"I'm really tired," she told reporters at the airport.

On Monday in Las Vegas, Hilton pleaded guilty to cocaine possession following a recent arrest in which she was found to have 0.8 grams of the drug in a purse.

She was given a one-year suspended sentence, fined $2,000 and ordered to do community service.

Hilton arrived in Japan on a chartered plane with her sister Nicky. Airport officials asked her to stay at an airport hotel overnight so she could be questioned, Kyodo said.

She had been due to appear at a fashion show on Wednesday in Tokyo's Roppongi entertainment district but the show was canceled.

The former star of reality TV show "The Simple Life" is a member of the family that founded the Hilton hotel chain, and she has parlayed her notoriety into a successful career endorsing products in fashion, fragrances and other industries.

In Japan, she has promoted a popular brand of bags in the past with her sister.

(Reporting by Chisa Fujioka and Toru Hanai; Editing by Chris Gallagher and Miral Fahmy)

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Comments (14)
tinga wrote:
first the Chinese fisherman now Paris Hilton? common Japan, release them immediately and unconditionally or there will be consequences…

Sep 21, 2010 12:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
plainer wrote:
Trivia : Japan is probably the strictest anti-drug countries around, short of executing the offenders. Paul McCartney is still persona non-grata when he too was detained for a marijuana offense at the airport. The Beetles tour in Japan was cancelled as a result. I hope Paris comes clean or for sure, she’ll end up in jail there.

Sep 21, 2010 12:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jim29882 wrote:
So sick of hearing about Paris Hilton. 8 million people can’t find jobs and she’s snorting coke and feeding her ego with perfume.

Sep 22, 2010 2:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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