LATEST: OSCAR-winning actress Hilary Swank has been ordered to hand over $163 (GBP85) for taking an apple and orange into New Zealand.

Losing her bid for an appeal, the 30-year-old MILLION DOLLAR BABY star was issued notice of a fine for failing to declare her snacks - an apple and an orange - while arriving from Los Angeles on 15 January (05). She later appealed the penalty.

But the Manukau District Court rejected Swank's appeal, and she was today (30MAR05) ordered to pay out $142 (GBP74) in fines plus an additional $21 (GBP11) for court fees.

In seeking to have her fine expunged, Swank reportedly wrote the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry a handwritten letter stating she "simply forgot" she had the fruits in her bag after her 20-hour flight.

30/03/2005 21:19