Maybe we should pity Paris Hilton just a little, now that we know a little more about her mom.
Because yes, "You're pathetic." You'd expect that's what the judge would have told Paris when sentencing her yesterday to 45 days in jail for violating her probation for alcohol-related reckless driving.
But no, "You're pathetic" is what Paris's mom, the even-more clueless Kathy Hilton, barked at the prosecutor after the sentence came down.
Before passing sentence, judge Michael Sauer said of Paris "I think she has wanted to disregard everything that was said and continued to drive no matter what" after her license was suspended.
But pathetic? Plenty there to go around. Let's start with 26-year-old Paris, who arrived to the 1:30 p.m. hearing 20 minutes late (nice job winning over the judge right from the start). We know you can't drive, Paris, and maybe there were no cabs handy. Maybe you should have taken the city bus?
Then there's her lawyer, Howard Weitzman, who said the sentence "is inappropriate and borders on ludicrous. It is clear that she has been selectively targeted for prosecution for who she is." That's right, Howard, because if the rest of us repeatedly get drunk and drive on a suspended license, it's slap on the wrist time.
The Associated Press reports:
When a prosecutor asked if she had read the licence suspension notice mailed to her from the Department of Motor Vehicles, she replied: "I have people do that for me." Hilton said she didn't read her plea agreement either: "I just sign what people tell me to sign."
For all that, the true pathetic one is mom Kathy, who just doesn't get it, because she's never had to get it. To her, fame--even fame gained by nothing more than having a crapload of money--takes precedence over everything.
The AP reports:
As a city prosecutor said during closing arguments that Hilton deserved jail time, Hilton‘s mother, Kathy, laughed. When the judge ruled, Kathy then blurted out: "May I have your autograph?"
When a reporter asked what she thought of the judge's decision, a visibly angry Kathy responded: "What do you think? This is pathetic and disgusting, a waste of taxpayer money with all this nonsense. This is a joke."
With values instilled by a mama like that, we almost feel bad for Paris. Almost. [Photo: AP]