Ms Hilton, who is also a reality TV star, was flown with DiCaprio from London to Johannesburg by a Malaysian millionaire so they could take in the World Cup before a safari.


It was described by lawyers as the case of the glamorous heiress, the Playboy centre­fold and the cannabis joint.

Paris Hilton and her friend Jennifer Rovero were both arrested at a World Cup match in South Africa on Friday after police found local marijuana – known as ‘dagga’ – in a designer handbag.

But the question before a court in Port Elizabeth early yesterday was: Did the offending cigarette belong to socialite Paris or former Playboy playmate Jennifer?

In the end, the charges against 29-year-old Ms Hilton were dropped when her friend admitted possession and was given an £80 fine and a deportation order.

After the hearing, in which Ms Hilton appeared in thigh-high leather boots and tight jeans, her lawyer Terry Price insisted she should never have been arrested.

‘They got the wrong blonde,’ he said. ‘Paris wasn’t in possession of anything.’

It all started when the two girls were followed by undercover police after the Brazil v Holland game, which they attended with Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio.

Officers boarded their luxury coach and unleashed sniffer dogs, which went straight to them.
They were arrested and fingerprinted at a police station close to the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium and, after spending four hours in a ‘filthy’ cell, appeared before a special World Cup court.