Kathy Hilton: Young People May Learn from Paris

05/16/2007 at 11:45 AM EDT

Kathy Hilton: Young People May Learn from Paris
Kathy and Paris Hilton
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Kathy Hilton wants young people to learn from her jail-bound daughter Paris, according to a statement Barbara Walters read on Wednesday's episode of The View.

Hilton's statement said: "We can only hope that something positive will come from this. Hopefully, young people who look up to people like Paris can learn from this."

Walters said she had talked to Hilton the night before and described her as a friend for "many years" and "a very caring mother." She added, "This is something, obviously, as a mother it's horrendous when your child, no matter what, has to go to jail for 45 days."

Applauding Kathy Hilton's refusal to declare her daughter's innocence, Walters called her comments "a strong and very good statement."

Others at the View table did not necessarily agree, and guest host Kathy Griffin suggested that young people no longer look up to Paris.

"Whether they're looking up or looking down, they're looking at Paris," Elisabeth Hasselbeck pointed out, adding, "You want to discipline your child before the criminal justice system does."

On May 4, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Sauer sentenced Paris, 26, to 45 days in jail for violating her probation by driving with a suspended license.

After the general public had cleared the courtroom, Kathy Hilton angrily burst from the seating area toward the attorneys' table, saying loudly, "I can't believe this, I can't believe this." Then she approached one of the prosecutors and said, "You're pathetic," before asking sarcastically, "Can I have your autograph?"

This week, Paris's psychiatrist, Dr. Charles Sophy, said in court documents in a separate case that the Simple Life star is "distraught and traumatized" and "fears incarceration."

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