The socialite flew into the country on Wednesday (30Jun10) to join in the sporting festivities but she hit the headlines on Friday (02Jul10) when she was allegedly arrested for puffing on a joint during the quarter final match between the Netherlands and Brazil.
Hilton and her pals were escorted from the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth and taken to a nearby police station in St. Croix just before 8pm local time, where they were questioned and subsequently released.
Mark Magadlela, the Provincial Head of Detectives in Port Elizabeth, confirmed an investigation had been launched into the allegations, saying, “There is an inquiry. I don’t want to comment further.”
However, Hilton’s representative, Dawn Miller, insists the hotel heiress had nothing to do with the marijuana claims and will not face any charges in relation to the incident, which she has dismissed as a “misunderstanding”.
In a statement issued to WENN.com on Friday (02Jul10), the publicist says, “Paris Hilton was questioned today by police in South Africa on allegations of smoking marijuana.
“However I can confirm that the incident was a complete misunderstanding and it was actually another person in the group who did it.
“The case has been dropped against Paris and no charges will be made. The authorities have apologised for wrongfully accusing her since she had nothing to do with the incident. Paris is having an incredible time at the World Cup.”
And Hilton is refusing to let the incident ruin her vacation – hours after she was questioned, she took to her Twitter.com page to express her excitement at the week’s planned events.
She wrote, “Had so much fun at the game today. What a match! I love South Africa! It’s so beautiful here. I can’t wait to go on the Safari this week and see all the amazing animals.”