Paris Hilton has said that she is "ready to face" the consequences of violating a probation order which banned her from driving.

The wealthy hotel heiress was sentenced to a 45-day spell in prison by a Los Angeles court on Friday after she was found guilty of driving on a license that had been suspended following an earlier conviction for drink-driving.

In a statement yesterday Paris said she wanted to address "misperceptions" of her and insisted that despite her star status she was ready to face The Music for her crime just like anyone else.

"No one is above the law. I surely am not," said the US socialite.

"I do not expect to be treated better than anyone else who violated probation. However, my hope is that I will not be treated worse," Paris added, mirroring arguments put forward by her lawyers, who are appealing against her jail sentence on the grounds that she has been treated harshly by the courts due to her celebrity.

Nonetheless it seems Paris may not be as humble as she claims, with the 26-year-old having reportedly lent her backing to an online petition asking California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to use his power to change her sentence and spare her jail.

Meanwhile a controversial sculptor is determined to ensure that America's teens learn a lesson from Paris' behaviour.

Artist Daniel Edwards has created a sculpture of the heiress which is supposed to resemble her autopsy and warn youngsters of the dangers of drink driving ahead of the prom season.

The Paris Hilton Autopsy, which features the socialite with cocktail glass and cell phone in hand, goes on show in Brooklyn tomorrow.

10/05/2007 07:43:33