Kathy Hilton: 'She Didn't Release Herself, That's All I Have to Say'
It was a day of pure pandemonium.
A sea of reporters, onlookers and police officers swarmed the street outside of Paris Hilton's Hollywood Hills home, waiting for the heiress to emerge and face the judge.
In a scene reminiscent of the O.J. Simpson chase, news choppers followed her every move down the freeway as TV stations interrupted their regular programming to follow Paris to court.
But once Paris was snuck inside through an underground entrance, and Judge Michael Sauer handed down his decision – that not only will Paris go back to jail, but that she'll complete the original 45 days – the real chaos started.
Paris screamed and cried as she was led away – in cuffs – back to Lynwood to serve her sentence.
Dressed in grey sweats and without any makeup, she shook uncontrollably, crying out, “Mommy!” to her shocked mother Kathy.
Today, “Extra” got the first interview with Kathy, who before the decision said, “It's in God's hands now.”
Now she's telling us about her daughter's emotional – and brief – homecoming.
“We just sat on the couch, hugging each other, talking and playing with the dogs,” Kathy revealed.
But Kathy refused to shed any light on the “medical condition” that got Paris out of jail in the first place.
“She didn't release herself, that's all I have to say,” she said simply.
The refusal to explain the mysterious “illness” that set Paris free the first time is also what put her back in jail.
The judge decided today that because the L.A. Sheriff's Department had not adequately submitted medical records supporting the reasons behind her transfer, Paris should be returned to the big house.
Not long after she was reassigned to house arrest, the L.A. Board of Supervisors alone received more than 500 angry calls, e-mails and faxes.
Yesterday, in an angry letter blasting the L.A. Sheriff's Department for its handling of the case, L.A. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said, “If law enforcement officials are to enjoy the respect of those we are charged with protecting, we cannot tolerate a two-tiered jail system where the rich and powerful receive special treatment."
Sheriff Lee Baca, who ultimately approved Paris' transfer, defended his decision when he told the Los Angeles Times that “the minute I was informed by the doctors about her medical condition, I realized the system was not able to respond effectively to these problems."
But that's not good enough for comedian George Lopez.
He joked, “I'm sure there's a lot of Latinos in jail who aren't used to being Lolitas, and they don't spring those guys!”
Ultimately, the decision came this morning after arguments were heard from both the L.A. City Attorney and Paris' lawyers.
But in the end, it was no use. She was led out of the courtroom – screaming all the way down the hall – to the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown L.A.