Tuesday, May 8

Laying Blame: Paris Hilton

When in doubt, fire the publicist (and then rehire them later). At least, that is what Paris Hilton might have us believe.

It was also the original thrust of her message when spoke publicly for the first time after being sentenced to 45 days in jail. At the hearing, Hilton said publicist Elliot Mintz told her she was permitted to drive for work-related reasons after the first 30 days of her license suspension. She also said she was unaware her driving privileges had been completely suspended.

"I told the truth," the heiress told photographers waiting outside her Los Angeles home on Saturday night. "I feel that I was treated unfairly and that the sentence is both cruel and unwarranted. I don't deserve this."

Hilton’s lawyer, Howard Weitzman, has planned an appeal in order "to modify the sentence." Weitzman said his client has been singled out and the punishment doesn't fit the crime. He's also the guy that Hilton should have turned to for legal advice regarding her driving privileges.

Although Mintz corroborated Hilton's story, offering "my sincerest apology for any misunderstanding she received from me regarding the terms of her probation," one wonders what degree of responsibility Hilton will accept. Perhaps it also draws the distinction between handlers and trusted advisors in the field of public relations.

Handlers are people who call the shots, sometimes trumping the judgment of their clients. Trusted advisors are more interested in helping clients work through decisions as they relate to public perception. The difference is subtle, but important.

Had Mintz acted as the trusted advisor, he might have suggested Hilton ask Weitzman about the terms of her probation, while suggesting that any infractions while driving could damage her credibility. Driving without lights certainly qualifies. But then again, that assumes the original story wasn't a spin.

Yesterday, Mintz told Us Weekly that, despite confirming the split himself in a statement over the weekend, “the rumors of our professional separation were over-exaggerated." Um, yeah, by Mintz.

What did Seth Godin say recently about going too far? In sum, if the second story doesn't hold up, the first story might be scrutinized even more. Very right.



Rich on 5/8/07, 10:34 AM said...

Famous Last Requests:

Spin Thicket points us to an alternative way to help Paris Hilton beat the wrap. Sign her petition that asks Gov. Schwarzenegger to pardon her.

Rich on 5/8/07, 10:48 AM said...

Famous Counter Requests:

Yep, there is a counter petition to keep her in jail. Links to both petitions can be found here.

Rich on 5/8/07, 7:40 PM said...

According to a handfull of skeletons:

"Free Paris Hilton" 7,637 votes
"Jail Paris Hilton" 11,291 votes

Rich on 6/7/07, 11:39 AM said...

Famous Conclusions:

"The rumor came early this morning that Paris Hilton had been released from jail after serving only three days of a 23-day sentence (that itself was cut down from an original 45 day sentence). The rumor of the early release for Paris Hilton was confirmed this morning and Steve Whitmore of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office, who termed the early release for Paris a "reassignment", said that it was for unidentified medical reasons not for the too-common reason of overcrowding. Whitmore told the press this morning at a hastily scheduled press conference that Paris Hilton had been released because of medical reasons but that she will be confined to her home for 40 days and forced to wear an ankle bracelet that doesn't go with her shoes." — Actress Archives



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