Court filing: Paris Hilton in bizarre drug allegation

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Court filing: Paris Hilton in bizarre drug allegation

Wed Sep 08, 2010 @ 07:50AM PST

By Matthew Belloni

Paris-hiltonEXCLUSIVE: The litigation over a "tell-all" book written by a former "Girls Gone Wild" cameraman has revealed allegations that Paris Hilton once found a creative place to hide drugs. 

The book, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday in connection with the heated lawsuit between cameraman-turned-author Ryan Simkin and "GGW" founder Joe Francis, states that Francis once asked Simkin to deliver cocaine to his friend Hilton during a photoshoot for Seventeen magazine. Hilton was leaving for Europe, Simkin writes, and he alleges he brought her a little Camel cigarette box filled with cocaine and ecstasy for her trip.

"I asked if she was flying private, and she said, 'No, commercial.' And then as politely as I could, I asked her how she planned on traveling with that amount of blow and X," Simkin writes in the book. "She held the box in her right hand, and then with an underhand swoop like a lower case J, she demonstrated exactly how she intended to beat airport security. She even whistled as she did it. A little alley-oop with the Camel Box, straight up her snatch. Classic."

Joe_francis3 Classic, indeed. But true? Simkin doesn't provide evidence (other than writing that Francis later "said it all arrived safe") and Hilton's rep declined to comment. The allegations are contained in "FLASH! Bars, Boobs, and Busted: 5 Years on the Road with Girls Gone Wild," which purports to be an expose of Simkin's tour of duty inside Francis' soft-core porn empire. 

In July, Francis sued to stop the book, claiming in a lawsuit against Simkin and publishers 4th Street Media and 4 Park Publishing that it violates a non-disclosure agreement Simkin had with Francis' companies. The publisher then fired back Tuesday with an anti-SLAPP motion (read the full motion here) trying to get the case dismissed on free speech grounds and calling Francis a "rapist" and a "child molester." As part of that motion, filed by attorneys Lincoln Bandlow and Jeffrey Grant, 4th Street also included sworn declarations by Simkin and company principal Brian Howie attaching the book as an exhibit.  

The publisher claims no contract exists to prevent it from going forward with the book and that it had no knowledge of any confidentiality agreements when it made a deal with Simkin.

Hilton -- who was ordered last Friday to pay producers $160,000 for not properly promoting her 2006 movie, "Pledge This" -- was arrested on Aug 28 in Las Vegas and charged with felony cocaine possession. She has claimed that the purse in which the drug was found was not hers. 

Simkin's Hilton anecdote is just one of many celebrity tales he dishes in the book. Will "FLASH!" become a flashpoint for litigation?

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