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May 8th, 2007 11:21 pm by Staff Report



LOS ANGELES - The many moods of Paris Hilton shifted again when the jail-bound socialite rehired the publicist she blamed for her 45-day sentence.


Elliot Mintz confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that he is again representing the 26-year-old socialite, who was ordered to report to county jail by June 5 for violating the terms of her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case.


Mintz, 62, wouldn't elaborate on why he reunited with Hilton. The publicist, whose clients have included John Lennon and Bob Dylan, issued a statement Sunday night that he and Hilton had parted ways over an apparent "misunderstanding she received from me regarding the terms of her probation."


In a court appearance Friday, Hilton told the judge Mintz informed her it was all right to drive on a suspended license for work obligations. Mintz also testified Hilton believed she was allowed to drive. The judge called Mintz's testimony worthless.


Hilton - star of E! network's reality show "The Simple Life" - has called the sentence unfair, and her fans have posted a petition on the Internet urging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to pardon her.


"I feel that I was treated unfairly and that the sentence is both cruel and unwarranted and I don't deserve this," Hilton told photographers assembled outside her home Saturday.


In an interview for the June issue of Harper's Bazaar, Hilton says: "I get in more trouble just because of who I am. The cops do it all the time. They'll just pull me over to hit on me." "It's really annoying. They're like, ‘What's your phone number? Want to go to dinner?' They won't even give me a ticket. They just pull me over, and the paparazzi, of course, take a picture. All the time. I have so many cops' business cards."


The governor's office hasn't reviewed the petition but has received individual e-mails from constituents both for and against a gubernatorial pardon, Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said Tuesday.


"We'll treat this as we would any other case of this nature, but it would be premature for the governor to get involved until the individual has exhausted his or her judicial remedies," McLear said.


The petition, which had more than 900 signatures by Tuesday morning, urges Schwarzenegger to pardon Hilton because she provides "beauty and excitement to (most of) our otherwise mundane lives."


Meanwhile, Hilton's lawyers have filed a notice with the court indicating their intent to appeal the decision.


The latest installment of "The Simple Life," which throws Hilton and pal Nicole Richie, 25, into everyday situations, premieres May 28 on E! After famously feuding and filming their parts separately last season, the celebutantes reunite as camp counselors for the show's fifth installment.




NASHVILLE - A manicurist who claims she was attacked by country singer Tanya Tucker's dog is suing the singer for $300,000.


Danielle D. Hobbs alleges in a lawsuit filed last week that the dog ran from a bedroom at Tucker's home and began biting her without any warning.


She said she suffered painful and disfiguring scars on her leg.


Hobbs said she was attacked May 2, 2006, by a dog named Bella while she was at Tucker's home near Nashville to give her a manicure.


She said Tucker has at least eight dogs, and several of them growled and barked at her during two previous visits to the home.


Hobbs said she told the singer's assistant that she was afraid of the dogs and asked that they be restrained, but she claims the assistant told her the dogs were "just babies" and that "they will not hurt you."


"This lawsuit comes as a total surprise and has been filed without merit," Tucker's publicist, Kirt Webster, said Tuesday.


Tucker's hits include "Delta Dawn" and "San Antonio Stroll."

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