While Paris Hilton was sneaking into prison in Los Angeles in the wee hours of Monday morning, her younger brother, Barron, was getting mugged at knifepoint near Penn Station.
Barron, who is tall and blond and believed to be 18, had shown up earlier at Stereo on West 29th Street with three male friends and two girls. “They were all underage and they hung around for a while trying to get in the club,” said an eyewitness.
“They were waiting outside Stereo. Eventually they all left together at around 4 a.m.
“An hour later, two security guards from Stereo were driving by Penn Station on their way home and they saw Barron and his friends. Then they saw two muggers confronting the group, and they all got out. One had a knife and was trying to get money out of the kids.
“One guy had Barron at knifepoint, and the guards got out and chased away the guy with the knife. The attackers didn’t get any money,” said the witness.
“Eventually Barron and his friends all piled into a cab.” The insider added that the guards recognized Barron because “he tries to get into Stereo all the time.”
Meanwhile, Paris is counting down the days until she gets out of jail - and is rumored to have already agreed to give her first post-prison exclusive interview to Barbara Walters and “20/20.”
Though Hilton’s rep would make no comment, the reality-show star has a knack for turning embarrassing episodes in her life into gold mines of publicity.
Post Media Ink columnist Keith J. Kelly reports today on Page 34 that publishers are hankering for a “Paris prison tell-all.” Maybe the heiress is keeping another, more salacious diary?
Hilton’s rep, Elliot Mintz, said he could not confirm details of Barron’s mugging, but noted, “If there is any substance to the story, I am glad nobody was hurt.”
In regards to her rumored deal with Walters, ABC rep Jeffrey Schneider said, “We have no commitment for an interview.” In addition to Barron, Paris has an even younger brother, Conrad.
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