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Paris off the hook over film flop

Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton was one of eight executive producers on the 2006 film

Socialite Paris Hilton will not be made liable for the costs of a film she had been accused of not promoting properly, a judge in Miami has ruled.

However, she may still have to repay the $1m (£607,493) fee she was paid to appear in and executive produce 2006 comedy National Lampoon's Pledge This!

The film's investors had been seeking $8.3m (£5m) in damages, claiming Hilton failed to promote its DVD release.

They have until 28 August to argue for her to pay back some or all of her fee.

Worldwide Entertainment Group sued Hilton and her company, Paris Hilton Entertainment, for breach of contract earlier this year.

The Miami firm, now defunct, claimed her inaction had directly led to the release being a flop.


On Monday, however, US District Judge Federico Moreno blamed the movie's "inexperienced" producers for its lack of success.

"Any causal connection between Ms Hilton's alleged breaches and the financial ruin of the film are wholly speculative," he decreed.

According to court documents, Pledge This! played in just 25 cinemas and made less than $3m (£1.8m) million worldwide.

At a trial in July, Hilton said she did all she could to publicise the movie, claiming its producers' last-minute demands for appearances conflicted with her schedule.

Judge Mereno agreed with her, saying the filmmakers had sent "scattershot requests to their principal star in the hopes that she could find time to promote a sinking ship".

However, he said he would entertain arguments from the investors that Hilton should be forced to repay a portion of her fee.

"We are grateful for the judge's time and thoughtful consideration of the issues in this case," said Hilton's attorney on Tuesday.

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