Posted Aug. 24, 2007 -- Nicole Richie spent all of 82 minutes in jail on Thursday, instead of the four days she was sentenced for driving under the influence in December.
The 25-year-old reality show star, who checked into a women's jail at 3:15 p.m., was released at 4:37 p.m. "based on her sentence and federal guidelines," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Maribel Rizo said without elaborating.
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Under a federal court mandate to manage jail overcrowding, arrestees sentenced to 30 days or less for a nonviolent offense are usually released within 12 hours, the sheriff's department said in a statement. Richie was "treated in the same manner as other inmates with a similar sentence," the statement said. Originally sentenced to 96 hours in jail, Richie's sentence was reduced to 90 hours because of time served when she was arrested.
Richie, daughter of R&B legend Lionel Richie, arrived at the Century Regional Detention Facility and spent her time getting booked, taking a mugshot and submitting her fingerprints, Holley said. She never saw the inside of her jail cell.
"She was really treated like any other inmate," Holley said. "I think every inmate in her position, with that type of charge, would have been treated as she was."
It was Dec. 11, 2006 when witnesses reportedly saw Richie's black Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle headed the wrong way on a freeway in Burbank. The California Highway Patrol said they found her parked in the car pool lane. She pled guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge in a deal with prosecutors that helped her avoid a potential year in jail because it was a second driving-under-the-influence conviction.
Fox's 43rd One to Remember
For all the planning of Vivica A. Fox's 43rd birthday celebration, the night didn't quite go off as expected.
According to the New York Daily News, the night started downhill when a Rolls Royce failed to show up at Mr. Chow to transport Fox to Sol nightclub, where celebs such as Shaquille O'Neal and Swizz Beatz were there to help celebrate the diva. Dinner buddy Star Jones Reynolds ended up driving her.
Then rapper Remy Ma, currently charged with attempted murder, showed up on the red carpet uninvited.
"Remy and her management were asked not to attend by the club in advance, due to her pending court case for attempted murder," says an organizer. But the songbird strutted her curves in a tight dress on the red carpet until "she was turned away at the door by a wall of security."
After a full night of partying, Fox reportedly tried to cash a check for her $2,500 appearance fee the next day, but the bank rejected it. The newspaper reached celebrity stylist Messiah McNair, who admitted he bounced the check and promised to replace the money. Later he called back, clearly irked at Fox that the information had gotten out, the newspaper reported.
"You can say she was drinking," McNair claimed. Earlier this month, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge barred Fox from consuming alcohol, pending her upcoming arraignment on a March DUI. "I poured red wine for her into a can of Red Bull so she could drink," McNair claimed. "She asked me to do that."
Fox was on a plane to Los Angeles late yesterday and unable to respond before press time. But a pal who was by her side during the party denied she had any alcohol.