Hotel heiress Paris Hilton had to be shielded by eight bodyguards after she was pelted with eggs at the book-signing of her autobiography.

The socialite, 23, was promoting CONFESSIONS OF AN HEIRESS at West Hollywood's Book Soup store when two men started attacking her with food while the crowd was "hurling abuse" at her.

A source explains, "Paris was very shaken and could not believe it when the crowd started chanting and hurling abuse.

"All of a sudden two blokes threw eggs at her head but they missed and cracked on her shoulder.

"Paris had to be shielded by eight bodyguards and was really upset."

19/09/2004 10:38