A lot of people, myself included, wondered how Paris Hilton's house was broken into and robbed SIX times by the teenage burglars of the Bling Ring.before she noticed anything was wrong.
I got a chance to ask her when we talked in a West Hollywood office the other day and she had what seemed like a semi-plausible explanation. She travels a lot, she said, and her staff makes sure the house is neat, tidy and in perfect condition when she returns.
"I didn't notice until the last time because that's when they did the big hit and took millions of dollars of jewellery," she said.
“Before that they were just taking little things from everywhere so I didn’t notice. But the final time they wanted to get as much as they could.”
The 32-year-old socialite-entrepreneur has a cameo role playing herself in The Bling Ring, Sofia Coppola’s film of the crimes and also loaned her house for the filming. For the cast and filmmakers, the house, stocked full of clothes, jewellery and ornaments, was something of a wonder.
Emma Watson, who stars as the leader of the Bling Ring, commented later: "It's almost like consumerism as a form of kleptomania. She could never wear all of those clothes and half of them were brand new and still had the price tag on. But I suppose she just bought them to have them. We've all bought things on impulse but that's an entirely different thing."
But Paris, who says she has "probably a couple of hundred pairs of shoes," had an explanation: "Well, I'm a designer and I have 17 product lines so a lot of the things in my house are my products---my handbag line, my sunglasses, my shoes...."