Paris Hilton And German Insurance Giant Allianz Settle Diamond Squabble
The hotel heiress had refused to give back $60,000 worth of diamonds that had been stolen, but later located by police. A girl’s best friend? A good lawyer.
Paris Hilton may love public appearances, but she decided to avoid this one -- in a courtroom, which is where she was headed if she hadn't settled out of court with German insurance giant Allianz in a dispute over – yes -- diamonds.
The company announced in April that it was suing her for the non-return of $60,000 worth of borrowed diamond jewelry.
The story goes like this. A year after Hilton borrowed the chains and earrings from Damiani in 2007, they were stolen from her Hollywood home -- and Allianz had to pay the ritzy Italian firm $60,000. The blonde heiress had a stroke of good luck when the police later found the jewelry and returned it to her. The celebrity heiress refused, however, to turn over the goods to Allianz – and it sued for breach of contract.
But who could stay angry at Paris Hilton? One mention of ugly words like "court" and "jail sentence" has tears streaming down from underneath the long lashes of her little angel face – she already must battle the demons for the time she's served for drunk driving.
It sure seems to have gotten to Jay Ralph, Chairman of Allianz North America, who told Reuters that an out of court settlement had been reached. Details would not be divulged, it had been agreed between the parties, out of respect for privacy.
Read the full story in German by Alina Fichter
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