The Hills teaser footage was shot after hours in a courtroom without using an L.A. judge, a court rep says

By Ken Lee
Updated December 17, 2008 01:30 PM
Credit: Andy Fossum/Startraks

Did Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt take thee viewer for a ride?

A preview clip of next week’s finale of MTV’s The Hills shows the couple, who say they eloped in Mexico, apparently making it official in a courthouse.

The pair are seen entering the courtroom as a judge smiles down on them, with Pratt’s sister, Stephanie Pratt, in attendance. “I, Heidi, take thee, Spencer,” Montag says in the clip.

A court spokesman says MTV was recently granted permission to film at the Beverly Hill courthouse, but it was done after hours, and the judge in the scene is not one of the court’s judges.

Addressing the controversy while speaking to Ryan Seacrest in a segment that will air Monday on KISS-FM’s On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Pratt said of the legal documents, “We checked the confidentiality box, so good luck people [in finding out].”

Civil ceremonies are sometimes performed at the Beverly Hills courthouse, but not in the manner portrayed in the brief preview, spokesman Allan Parachini tells the Associated Press, adding that if a judge does preside, it’s typically in chambers during a break.

Also, as of yet, there is no record of any marriage license for the couple in L.A. County, according to Sid Keating of the L.A. Registrar’s office, although any couple can request their license to remain private.

“MTV crews captured Heidi and Spencer at the Beverly Hills Courthouse with the Deputy Commissioner who handles all civil unions,” MTV rep Emily Yeomans said in a statement Wednesday. “We filmed after hours at the request of the courthouse so our cameras would not inconvenience other couples getting married that day.”