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Former playmate ordered to leave South Africa

Published:Tuesday | July 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP):

The former Playboy playmate convicted of possessing marijuana while accompanying Paris Hilton to a World Cup game is persona non grata in South Africa.

Ronnie Mamoepa, a spokesman for the immigration department, said Saturday that Jennifer Rovero had two weeks to leave the country, and would not be welcome back for at least two years.

"We are saying she must go," Mamoepa told The Associated Press. "The person is found in illegal possession of an illegal substance, convicted by a duly constituted court of law. So, we have to act."

"Rovero, a former Playboy playmate of the month, "acknowledged to be in possession of cannabis, and pleaded guilty," said Brig. Sally De Beer, a spokeswoman for South African police.

Rovero, a 31-year-old New Yorker, was sentenced to a fine of 1,000 rand ($130) or 30 days' imprisonment, De Beer said.

Hilton wrote on Twitter later: "Hey guys, there's a lot of crazy rumours going around. Just want you all to know the truth. Everything is completely fine. I was not charged or arrested, cause I didn't do anything."

"Everyone was super nice and friendly to me," Hilton wrote. "I love South Africa! Such an amazing place, especially during The World Cup! Hope that clears everything up."