Mere hours after Paris Hilton stole much of the attention at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night, the heiress’ attorney announced shortly after 11 p.m. PT that Hilton had turned herself in to authorities to begin serving her 23-day jail sentence.
“I am ready to face the consequences of violating probation,” Hilton said in the statement. “During the past few weeks I have had a lot of time to think and have come to realize I made some mistakes. This is an important point in my life and I need to take responsibility for my actions. In the future, I plan on taking more of an active role in the decisions I make. I want to thank my family, friends and fans for their continued support. Although I am scared, I am ready to begin my jail sentence.”
Hilton — who was due to report to the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood, California, on Tuesday — expressed similar sentiments to MTV News’ SuChin Pak when she talked with the correspondent prior to the Movie Awards (see “Paris Hilton Talks About Jail: ’I’m Obviously A Little Scared’ “ ). Speaking in a poised, calm manner, Hilton explained that she hopes her prison time will inspire other young people to think about their actions and make good decisions. “These last couple of weeks have been a lot of time for self-reflection on my life and realizing what’s important.”
The treatment wasn’t so kind during the ceremony itself, when host Sarah Silverman ribbed Hilton with a few derogatory jokes about her upcoming jail stint (see “MTV Movie Awards Get Dirty: Baron Cohen, Ferrell Mash; Rihanna Sizzles; Silverman Says ’Bleep!’ “ ).
Hilton was originally scheduled to serve 45 days in jail for violating the terms of her probation, but the sentence was trimmed to a likely 23 days last month (see “Paris Hilton Drops Appeal After Jail Time Is Cut For Good Behavior” ). She was arrested for driving under the influence in September and was issued probation, which she violated several times by driving with a suspended license.