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''Simple Life'' socialite Nicole Richie goes to rehab

”Simple Life” socialite Nicole Richie goes to rehab. The upcoming reality star was out on bail on heroin charges when she and Paris Hilton shot the ”Green Acres”-esque show

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Nicole Richie isn’t exactly famous yet, but she’s already partied with Paris Hilton, shot a reality series, been busted on drug charges, and been sent to court-ordered rehab. And her series, ”The Simple Life,” doesn’t even debut until Dec. 2 (Fox).

Richie, the 21-year-old daughter of singer Lionel Richie, spent a month this spring milking cows and waiting tables with her pal, socialite/model/party animal Hilton, in an Arkansas hamlet for the ”Green Acres”-like reality show, but she may spend even longer in a drug-diversion program after being sentenced on Aug. 8, E! Online reports. She shot the show while she was free on $10,000 bail on charges stemming from a February arrest on the Pacific Coast Highway in Los Angeles. Police pulled over her Mercedes-Benz, searched her wallet, and charged her with a misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended license and a felony count of heroin possession.

Richie pleaded guilty to both charges. She was sentenced to probation for the driver’s-license misdemeanor and ”deferred entry of judgment” on the felony drug charge. That means she’ll have to attend a drug-diversion program, then return to court for a progress report on Dec. 5 (three days after ”Simple Life” premieres) to see whether she must spend any additional time in rehab.