The troubled daughter of soul veteran Lionel Richie has been sent to a rehabilitation centre after being caught in possession of heroin.

Nicole Richie, 21, was arrested in a car with a balloon full of the hard drug by police in California in February (03). She was immediately given probation for not holding a valid driver's licence, whilst judgement on the drug charge was deferred.

The sentence, passed earlier this month (08OCT03) means Ritchie - who recently finished filming new reality TV show A SIMPLE LIFE with hotel heiress PARIS HILTON - will have to attend a progress report hearing on 5 December, three days after the series airs on American TV.

The show will follow the two rich girls as they take on menial jobs in Arkansas in December (03).

29/10/2003 14:06