Paris Hilton’s younger brother was sued by Fernando Telez, a former gas station worker who was hit by Hilton’s vehicle just moments before the hotel heir was arrested for driving intoxicated in 2008.
Hilton, now 21, later pleaded “no contest” to the subsequent DUI charge and to being in possession of a fake ID. He was drinking under the legal age for alcohol consumption too. For the offences, Barron Hilton was sentences to three years on probation, fined $2,000, and ordered to take alcohol education classes.
Telez has now sued Barron for the injuries he suffered in the crash. The jury were told that Barron’s insurance company must pay $4.6 million dollars in compensation.
It took the jury two days to reach their decision but and the bad news doesn’t stop there for Hilton. The jury will be back tomorrow (June 9) to decide whether any punitive damages should also be paid to Telez.
Telez alleges that his back was broken in the auto accident and that he has been unable to find work since it happened.
If the jury awards Telez punitive damage, Barron Hilton will be responsible for paying that personally because under California law – insurance companies are only liable for compensatory damages.