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Judge tells Jessica Sierra to shut up already



Once again, from our Breaking News blog (see a pattern here?):

TAMPA - Hillsborough Circuit Judge Daniel Perry scolded Jessica Sierra this morning for talking to reporters but allowed her to leave for California immediately to begin drug treatment.

"I am not happy with you,'' Perry told Sierra. "I don't like turning on my TV and seeing you do what I told you not to do. Those microphones are like a magnet for you. You are not a celebrity. You're a drug addict.''

Sierra talked to reporters immediately after leaving jail Wednesday. At a court hearing Monday, Perry gave her a break, putting her on probation and sending her to rehab instead of going to prison. At the same hearing, Perry told her not to talk to reporters.

So today Perry issued a new order: Sierra cannot get within 100 yards of a TV camera or microphone.

The former American Idol finalist, who has had a couple of recent brushes with the law involving drugs and alcohol, did not leave as expected because California did not accept her emergency request for probationary status there.

Now Sierra has 45 days to work things out with California. During that time she will be treated at the Pasadena drug center with Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of the Celebrity Rehab show on which she is a participant. If California continues to reject her request, Perry said, she will have to return to Tampa to work out something else.

Sierra's attorney, John Fitzgibbons, said she has a plane ticket to leave for California this afternoon. She will go directly to the rehab center, he said.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:31am]


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