Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton & Longtime Rep Part Ways

05/06/2007 at 11:00 PM EDT

Paris Hilton & Longtime Rep Part Ways
Hilton outside court with father Rick (right)
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Paris Hilton and her longtime press representative, Elliot Mintz, have ended their relationship, Mintz announced in an e-mail to PEOPLE Sunday night.

The dissolution of their partnership comes two days after Hilton, 26, was sentenced to 45 days in jail for violation of her probation by driving with a suspended driver's license. (She is to report for jail by June 5.)

According to Mintz's message, "The day after the hearing, I sent Paris an e-mail expressing my sadness over the ruling of the judge and the irrational sentence he imposed."

At her hearing Friday, Hilton told Superior Court Judge Michael Sauer that Mintz had repeatedly informed her that her license had been suspended for only 30 days and that she could still drive for work-related matters.

"In that e-mail [to Paris]," Mintz said in his message to PEOPLE, "I also offered my sincerest apology for any misunderstanding she received from me regarding the terms of her probation. To the extent that I have mIscommunicated information I received from her attorneys ... I am deeply and profoundly sorry."

He added, "I told her that I assume personal responsibility for my part in this matter."

The message continues: "I believe when Paris stated in court that she believed it was o.k. for her to drive under certain circumstances she was being absolutely truthful.

"Due to this misunderstanding, I am no longer representing Paris."

He concludes, "For the record, I have nothing but love and respect for Paris and her family. Paris is a wonderful person and does not deserve the punishment that was handed down by the court. I only wish her my best."

Something of a legendary figure in the annals of press representation, Mintz, 62, whose current client roster includes Christie Brinkley, got his foothold in the business in the 1970s as a confidante of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

In a 2006 New York Times profile of Mintz, which said that he and Hilton were in contact either by chatting or e-mailing as many as 12 times a day, the hotel heiress said of him, "'I speak to him more than anyone else in my life."

"He really gets me, the whole Paris thing," Hilton told the paper. "He knows it's all a game."

When told that Mintz contemplated thoughts of retirement in 2007, Hilton shrieked a response of "Noooo," and said, "I trust him with my life."

For his part, when asked by The Times how he could go from John Lennon to Paris Hilton, Mintz said it was a matter of staying current. "Young people don't believe in politicians," he said. "They don't believe in their leaders. They look to celebrities to represent them."

With reporting by BRYAN ALEXANDER

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