Prosecutors say there's not enough evidence to charge the heiress in her sex-video dust-up

By Marla Lehner
Updated February 02, 2005 05:30 PM

Paris Hilton’s name has been cleared – at least when it comes to allegations that she stole a copy of her sex video.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that they won’t file charges against the Simple Life star over claims that she took a copy of her homemade sex video from a West Hollywood newsstand, the Associated Press reports.

“The evidence presented is not of such convincing force that a reasonable and objective jury would unanimously agree that the suspect is guilty,” says Irene Wakabayashi of the district attorney’s office.

On Dec. 15, Hilton, 23, had a run-in with a newsstand dealer, who was selling copies of her infamous video, “One Night in Paris.” A security video obtained by the TV show Celebrity Justice appeared to show Hilton taking the video. Gerry Castro, an employee at Swing News, said at the time that Hilton became livid after noticing the video for sale, threw 80 cents at him, grabbed the video and left without paying for it.

The sex tape surfaced in 2003 and features Hilton with ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon, who also has had an off-again, on-again romance with actress Shannen Doherty.

Hilton will host this weekend’s Saturday Night Live.