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Hilton marijuana charges dropped in SAfrica

Paris Hilton attends a press conference for her new show "Paris Hilton's My New BFF." (Chris Polk)
July 2, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A court in South Africa has dropped charges of possessing and smoking marijuana against socialite Paris Hilton.The socialite appeared late Friday in a FIFA World Cup courtroom after being arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana at a quarterfinal between Brazil and the Netherlands.

"Paris Hilton was questioned today by police in South Africa on allegations of smoking marijuana," a publicist for Hilton, Dawn Miller, said in a statement.

"However I can confirm that the incident was a complete misunderstanding and it was actually another person in the group who did it," the statement said. "The case has been dropped against Paris and no charges will be made."

When told the case had been dropped, Hilton said "thank you" and left the courtroom.

Hilton wrote on Twitter later: "Everything is fine guys. I had nothing to do with it."

Hilton is no stranger to trouble with the law. She pleaded no contest in 2007 to alcohol-related reckless driving and spent about 23 days in jail. Hilton called it a traumatic experience, in part, because she claimed she suffered from claustrophobia.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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