Hilton Blames Paparazzi for Accident

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Despite hitting a parked car while driving, Paris Hilton is really a "very good driver," insists the party girl's publicist.

The heiress claims that her accident in a parking garage on Thursday, June 8 is the result of becoming "disoriented" by the photographers surrounding her SUV. She also insists that she didn't commit a hit and run as reported by TMZ.com, but left her contact information for the other person.

In the video found on the website, "The Simple Life" star bids farewell to her friend Kim Kardashian and then places her shopping bags into her Range Rover. After leisurely checking her rearview mirror and neglecting to fasten her seatbelt (Have you heard of "Click It or Ticket," Paris?), she slowly backs out of her Robertson Blvd. parking spot and then taps the bumper of a white Honda Civic behind her, scratching both bumpers. The video ends with her driving off.

Although a hit and run is a punishable offense, Hilton's publicist Elliot Mintz -- spin doctor extraordinaire -- says his client didn't commit a crime.

"She was swarmed by paparazzi," he says. "The intensity of the lights, flashbulbs, momentarily disoriented her. She backed up, there was a minor fender-bender. No injuries. She then told me she notified one of the parking people at the facility how to contact her and asked the person to please pass that along" to the owner of the struck car.

"She did the correct thing and she would not leave the scene of a crime," he adds. "Paris is a very responsible and a very good driver. She takes her driving seriously. This was unfortunate ... it will be handled appropriately."

Since the beginning of the year, the heiress has been cited six times for various traffic violations. And even though she's been videotaped without wearing her seatbelt several times, she has yet to be ticketed for this. Earlier reports show Hilton illegally parking in a handicapped-desginated spot while visiting friend Matt Leinart.

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