Paris Hilton is “doing as well as she can” in the Los Angeles jail’s medical ward where she’s being held, her lawyer said after visiting the heiress Monday.
“The staff here is giving her excellent medical care,” said attorney Richard Hutton. “She’s being treated the same as everyone else in jail. She is receiving no preferential treatment.”
Hilton, 26, has spent three nights in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility’s unit for treating medical and psychological ailments and has been visited by her psychiatrist. (TMZ.com reports that she suffers Attention Deficit Disorder and claustrophobia, but the exact nature of her problem has not been disclosed.)
Last week, Hilton was reassigned from the women’s jail in Lynwood to home confinement due to the undisclosed condition. Later, a judge ordered her back behind bars, and she was placed in the medical ward to serve out the reminder of her 23-day minimum sentence for violating probation in an alcohol-related driving case.
Her reassignment prompted outrage from public officials toward Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, whose department runs the jails. Baca, who is elected, received a $1,000 campaign donation from Hilton’s grandfather, Barron Hilton, according to election records.
Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore says any political donation “has no bearing on the way she has been treated.” A source close to the Hilton family says, Hilton’s parents “had nothing to do with her getting out briefly. It came as a surprise to them.”
Hilton, meanwhile, called called Barbara Walters of The View over the weekend to say that she’ll no longer act dumb, and that she feels, “God has given me this new chance.”
Reporting by Ken Lee, Maureen Harrington and Lorenzo Benet