According to the New York Daily News, the heiress didn't eat or drink for her first three days in Los Angeles County Jail in Lynwood where she was serving her 45-day jail sentence for probation violation in a reckless driving case.
A source told the newspaper that Hilton worried that guards would snap her photo while she was going to the bathroom and those images would end up on the Internet.
"She didn't eat or drink a single thing for three days because she didn't want to use the toilet. She was in real danger," the source said.
The Daily News also reports that Hilton suffered from severe claustrophobia and began hyperventilating. Her constant crying made her dehydration even worse and jail medical officials feared that Hilton was in danger.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca insinuated that Hilton was on suicide watch, saying that she would be watched closely so "there isn't anything harmful done to herself by herself, which is a great concern to me." Baca also said that Hilton's mental state was deteriorating because she wasn't getting a medicine that she usually takes.
But Judge Michael Sauer sent Hilton back to jail on Friday to serve the rest of her 45-day sentence, despite the assertion that Hilton is unwell. If Hilton qualifies, she could end up serving about two weeks for good behavior.
2On Saturday, Hilton issued a written statement which said she was "learning and growing" from her time behind bars.
"Being in jail is by far the hardest thing I have ever done," Hilton said in a statement released by her lawyer, Richard A. Hutton. "During the past several days, I have had a lot of time to think and I believe that I am learning and growing from this experience."
While Hilton is in the can, her socialite and celebrity friends have been jostling for her spot atop the Hollywood food-chain, according to the Daily News.
"Paris is the queen bee of her clique in Hollywood," the source said. "Now she's not there, there is a lot of jostling for her crown. Nicole Richie is planning parties, Kimberly Stewart is planning parties, Kim Kardashian is planning parties. Thank God [Lindsay Lohan] is in rehab."
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