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Paris Hilton Escapes Jail!  
Paris Hilton Escapes Jail!
Paris Hilton Escapes Jail!
Paris Hilton Escapes Jail!
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Paris Hilton Escapes Jail!
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Los Angeles - Sparking accusations of celebrity favouritism, socialite heiress Paris Hilton was freed from jail for unspecified medical reasons Thursday, just three days into her 45-day sentence for violating probation.

Hilton, 26, will now swap her spartan, 4-metre-by-2.5-metre cell for house arrest in her luxurious Hollywood Hills home for the remainder of her sentence, with her compliance monitored by an electronic ankle bracelet.

The decision to free the gossip-column bad girl provoked widespread criticism that the heiress to the Hilton hotel fortune was receiving preferential treatment.

Heading the complaints was Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, who said he was 'extremely troubled' over the incident and would have 'have opposed the decision on legal grounds' had he been informed in advance.

Delgadillo said he was concerned that the 'judicial process may have been improperly circumvented' because jails are 'well-equipped' to deal with inmate medical problems.

'We cannot tolerate a two-tiered jail system where the rich and powerful receive special treatment,' Delgadillo said.

Earlier Hilton, thanked authorities for treating her 'fairly and professionally.'

'I am going to serve the remaining 40 days of my sentence. I have learned a great deal from this ordeal and hope that others have learned from my mistakes,' she said.

African-American social activist Reverend Al Sharpton also blasted the release.

'This early release gives all of the appearances of economic and racial favouritism,' he said. 'There are any number of cases of people who handle being incarcerated badly and even have health conditions (who) are not released.'

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said that privacy rules prevented him from discussing the medical reasons for Hilton's release.

Citing sources close to Hilton's family, the syndicated TV show Entertainment Tonight reported on its Web site that the health problem was a rash that she developed on her body.

'After extensive consultations with medical personnel, it was determined that Paris Hilton will be reassigned to our community- based ... electronic monitoring programme,' he said.

'She has been fitted with an ankle bracelet and will be confined to her home for the next 40 days.'

Whitmore said that Hilton, 26, was released shortly after midnight Thursday from the jail in Lynwood, California.

'This is certainly not unprecedented,' Whitmore said. 'This happens from time to time, absolutely.'

Hilton checked into the all-female jail Sunday night, just hours after she walked the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards.

The reality TV star of The Simple Life was originally sentenced to a 45-day jail term for violating probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case. The traffic court judge specifically ruled on May 4 that Hilton should not receive special treatment or be released early or allowed to serve her time under house arrest.

The sentence was reduced to 23 days for good behaviour. Whitmore said that due to her 'reassignment,' the sentence reverted to 45 days, with Hilton being credited for 5 days spent behind bars.

Although she only spent three full days in jail, she was credited with five days because she reported for sentencing right before midnight on Sunday and was released right after midnight Wednesday, in the wee morning hours of Thursday, officials said.

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