Oh, celebrities and their bags of tricks.
Paris Hilton, 29, is trying to blame her felony drug charge as a big oops, claiming a purse with .8 grams of cocaine allegedly tucked inside belonged to a friend.
“She told me the purse was not hers, that she had borrowed it from a friend,” Las Vegas police Lt. Dennis Flynn wrote in his report of the star’s arrest at a traffic stop Friday. “I asked Hilton whose cocaine it was, and she said she had not seen it but now thought it was gum.”
New Yorkers were not feeling especially sympathetic to the lame excuses that Hilton and other stars, like Lindsay Lohan, conjure up to weasel out of their brushes with the law.
“They’ve got money. They’re not like us,” said Dean Millien, 37, of Brooklyn.
On Friday cops pulled over the Cadillac Escalade Hilton and boyfriend, Cy Waits, because they smelled marijuana coming from the vehicles he need to go to the bathroom to put on lip gloss at the Wynn Las Vegas resort, and when reached intoher purse, the cocaine allegedly spilled out.
“As she began to open it, I saw a small bindle of what I believed to be cocaine in clear plastic baggy begin to fall from the purse and into my hand,” Flynn wrote.
Hilton wavered a bit from pinning the blame on her unnamed friend yesterday, saying a gal pal “probably” left the coke inside the bag, TMZ reported.
“There’s a sense of entitlement,” said Dan Cardillo, 20, of the Lower East Side.” They do whatever “they want because they're the richest of the rich.”
Regardless, Nevada authorities are pushing forward with prosecution, with Hilton facing criminal possession charges that could result in probation, up to four years jail or a $5,000 fine.
“As previously stated, the facts of the situation will be tested in a courtroom,” said David Chesnoff, Hilton’s lawyer.
Hilton was freed without bail before dawn Saturday after spending less than three hours handcuffed in police custody.
Waits, a Las Vegas nightclub bigwig, was arrested on DUI charges.
(Robert Levin contributed to this story)