October 26, 2007 / 9:48 PM / 12 years ago

Organiser says Hilton Rwanda trip not for TV show

LOS ANGELES, Oct 26 (Reuters) - A charitable organization on Friday denied that a planned trip to Rwanda it had organized for hotel heiress Paris Hilton, and which has been postponed, would have been filmed as part of a reality television show.

Earlier this month, Hilton told Newsweek magazine that she was going to Rwanda to change her life and make a mark on the world following a stint in jail stemming from a drunken driving incident.

In the story, Newsweek quoted quoted Scott Lazerson, the founder of charity Playing for Good that planned the trip, that the trip was to be filmed in hopes of selling it as part of a reality show called “The Philanthropist.”

A spokesman for Playing for Good said Lazerson was no longer associated with the Spanish-based charity, the group never planned to tape Hilton’s trip in order to sell a reality TV show and nor was Hilton linked to any such reality TV show.

The charity said on Thursday the trip was being postponed due to what it called a “restructuring” in its organization.

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