Paris Hilton Denied Entry to Japan Over Drug Case

Socialite prevented from entering the country for a second day

By DANIEL MACHT
|  Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010  |  Updated 2:44 AM CDT
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Paris Hilton avoided jail time but her troubles aren't over.

The hotel heiress was denied entrance to Japan Wednesday morning by immigration officials due to her recent drug conviction, reports CNN.  She was detained upon arrival at Tokyo’s Narita airport Tuesday, hours after Hilton pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and obstructing an officer in connection with her Aug. 27 Las Vegas arrest.

The socialite is expected to fly back to the United States later today.

Hilton, 29, was questioned “for hours” and then spent the night at a hotel airport, as authorities continued to weigh whether to let her into the country, The Associated Press reported. 

Japanese immigration officials can reportedly bar entry to the country to those convicted on drug-related offenses.

"We interviewed her yesterday and we may interview her again today. We are continuing the immigration process to determine whether she can enter Japan or not," Kazuo Kashihara, an immigration official at Narita, told the AP on Wednesday.

In a statement, Hilton’s spokesperson said the socialite was “disappointed” that “business obligations planned many months earlier” to promote her fashion line of accessories were delayed.

A news conference Wednesday to promote her fashion and fragrance lines in Tokyo was canceled, the AP reported.

"Paris was contractually bound to her business trip and didn't want to let down her brands and many Asian fans,” said Hilton's statement to People mag. “She intended on fulfilling her contract and is trying hard to do the responsible thing, but this is beyond her control. She is very disappointed by tonight's events.”

On Monday, Hilton received one year’s probation for pleading guilty to two misdemeanors. She must also complete a substance-abuse program, pay a $2,000 fine and complete 200 hours of community service.

Clark County District Attorney David Roger told the AP the terms of Hilton’s probation do not restrict her travels in the U.S. or abroad.

Selected Reading: Associated Press, People, E!
 

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