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LOS ANGELES - Paris Hilton won't appeal the 45-day jail term she was sentenced to earlier this month for violating probation, according to court documents filed Thursday.


A lawyer for the 26-year-old socialite notified Los Angeles County Superior Court that she is abandoning her appeal, said court spokeswoman Katherine Roberts.


Hilton was ordered to report to jail by June 5 for violating the terms of her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case. She initially called the sentence unfair, and lawyers representing her filed a notice to appeal.


She has since changed legal teams and is now represented by Richard Hutton, a lawyer specializing in defending drunken driving cases. Hutton and a spokesman for Hilton didn't immediately return calls for comment Thursday.


Hilton is likely to spend about 23 days in a "special needs housing unit" at the Century Regional Detention Center in suburban Lynwood, said Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.


The shorter sentence reflects an expectation that she is well behaved behind bars.


"All inmates get credit for good behavior," Whitmore said. "The inmate knows that if they behave and follow the rules, that's something to shoot for."


Hilton will be separated from the general inmate population in a unit that contains 12 two-person cells reserved for police officers, public officials, celebrities and other high-profile inmates, he said. She could have a cellmate.


Like everyone else in the 2,200-inmate facility, Hilton would get at least an hour outside her cell each day to shower, watch television, participate in outdoor recreation or talk on the telephone, he said.


SANTA ANA, Calif. - A fan of Sandra Bullock was charged Thursday with stalking the actress and trying to run down her husband, TV motorcycle maker Jesse James, outside their Orange County home.


Marcia Diane Valentine, 46, of Huntington Beach, was charged with one felony count each of aggravated assault and stalking. She could face up to four years and eight months in prison if convicted, the district attorney's office said in a statement.


Valentine remained free on $25,000 bail pending a May 22 arraignment in Westminster.


Last week, Bullock obtained a restraining order barring Valentine from contacting or coming near her home, family or work for three years.


The actress testified in court that on five occasions Valentine left in her yard palm fronds adorned with "weird signs" and "pieces of animal fur." Prosecutors contend that several times Valentine lay down in front of the couple's driveway until ordered away. Bullock testified that after Valentine was spotted April 22 outside the couple's home in Sunset Beach her husband went outside and tried to write down the woman's license plate. "When James went outside, Valentine is accused of screaming obscenities ... getting into her silver Mercedes-Benz, and reversing her car in an effort to run over James," the district attorney's office said. She narrowly missed James, reversed again in an effort to run him down and then fled, prosecutors contended. James, host of TV's "Monster Garage," was not hurt. Valentine was arrested the next day by sheriff's deputies while driving in the area.Inspirational


NEW YORK - Johnny Depp has a man crush on Keith Richards, who has a small role in the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie.


Depp, who received an Oscar nomination for his work in the first "Pirates" film, said he drew inspiration for loopy pirate king Jack Sparrow from Richards.


"He was one of the people I admired for what he's done and how he's handled it," the 43-year-old actor tells Rolling Stone magazine in its new issue, on newsstands Friday. "Forty-whatever years of being this god. And he's just cool."


The Rolling Stones guitarist agreed to play Sparrow's father, Captain Teague, in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," the third installment of the blockbuster film franchise.


"It was the right place at the right time with the right guys," said Richards, 63.


"Me, I'm just a musician," Richards said. "And if the people like my stuff, thank God. It pushes me on to do more. And I want to do more. That's something that you don't factor in when you start this game." Richards said Depp and Mick Jagger have been the best at impersonating him. "There's been loads of wannabes," he said. "But it's all posing with a guitar. And not playing right, not looking right, so not being me. ... Really, it's just in the bones and in the moves. You don't know what attracts people to what you do." "You think, ‘Who's the greatest rock ‘n' roll star? Who's that charismatic and interesting?' And you go, ‘Oh ... it's Keith, isn't it?'" he said. Had Richards seen the first two "Pirates" movies? "Oh ... yeah," he said. "How can you not with your grandkids around? I saw ‘Pirates' one when it came out. ‘Pirates' two I did fall asleep in, but I'd been up for three days." "I might have fallen asleep myself," Depp replied.


"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," a Walt Disney release, is set for release May 25.


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