according to Perez Hilton:
“Hollywood’s former Madame to the Stars was busted in Nevada on Thursday afternoon.
Yes, it’s a DUI, but so much more too!
During the traffic stop, officers say they found prescription narcotics inside the car. Fleiss was unable to produce evidence that the medication had been prescribed to her. Very illegal.
Fleiss was charged with driving without a license, possession of dangerous drugs without a prescription, under the influence of a controlled substance and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.
News media from around the world flocked to the Los Angeles Municipal Court, hoping to catch a glimpse of the infamous “madam to the stars” during Heidi’s arraignment on
During the trial that year, Heidi’s attorneys presented a persuasive argument claiming that officers entrapped her. Their strong argument caused a split among members of the jury. Some strongly believed she had been set up, whereas others believed she had been justly apprehended.
To prevent a deadlock, some of the jurors decided to bargain in the hopes of coming to a mutual agreement. Finally, after four days of deliberation they reached a decision. On
When Heidi’s lawyers learned that some of the jurors “traded votes” to reach a verdict, he appealed for a new trial. During the appeals process, Heidi remained free on bail. While out on bail she immersed herself in her new occupation, selling men’s boxer shorts and other apparel at her newly opened store in
In the midst of the state trial, federal proceedings began against Heidi. On
Facing both federal and state charges proved to be a tremendous burden on her. In September 1994, she tested positive for methamphetamine and was ordered to a drug treatment center. It would not be the last time she was caught using illegal substances.
In August 1995, a federal jury convicted Heidi on eight counts of conspiracy, tax evasion and money laundering. It was her second conviction in less than a year. Dr. Paul Fleiss received three years probation. Heidi was eventually sentenced to 37 months in minimum-security prison, of which she served 20 months. After striking a plea bargain with the state, she received another 18 months for the pandering charges. Thus, Heidi received a total of three years in prison.