LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – Paris Hilton’s post-jail television interview with CNN’s Larry King saw her express her surprise at receiving a jail sentence.
Hilton said she was thinking more along the lines of community service the day she walked into Judge Michael Sauer’s courtroom.
“That’s what my lawyer said at the time. So when [Sauer] sentenced me to that much time in jail it was shocking because that doesn’t happen, ever,” the heiress told CNN’s Larry King Wednesday during her first television interview since walking away from Lynwood, California’s Century Regional Correctional Facility and into her parents’ arms Tuesday at 12:15 a.m.
“It wasn’t for DUI, it was for suspended license,” Hilton said, explaining why she wasn’t expecting the gavel to bang quite so hard last month.
Asked why she was following up her multipart punishment with a public appearance, Hilton replied, “I just want to let people know what I went through.”
A three-SUV brigade ferried Hilton and her entourage to CNN’s Sunset Boulevard studio at about 2:45 p.m. Clad in an ivory dress with lace trim, the 26-year-old tabloid fixture gave a quick wave to the paparazzi before rounding a corner into the building.
“I’ve been through a lot, and it was a really traumatic experience that I’ve really grown from,” Hilton told King.