There's a battle brewing among Casey Johnson's closest friends.
Tila Tequila, aka the late heiress's nominal fiancée, called police to her Los Angeles home today after longtime Johnson pals Nicky Hilton and Bijou Phillips showed up there to retrieve Johnson's dogs and some belongings on behalf of her family.
But when Tequila refused, things got ugly.
Two LAPD squad cars arrived at the home after a call was placed around 2 p.m., according to department spokeswoman Officer Rosario Herrera. Herrera says there was a "verbal dispute."
The officers quickly became referees and restored order. Tequila wheeled out a rack of clothing that included fur coats and a Christmas blanket. Both little dogs, who had been locked in a bedroom, were also handed over, as were some bathroom products and packages of insulin.
After the exchange, Tequila told the press, "They don't care about the dogs. They are putting them to sleep to bury with Casey." When asked if they were going to put down the animals, Phillips simply said, "No."
Hilton first tried to get the dogs and duds back last night but was turned away by Tequila, who has apparently been caring for the canines since Johnson died Monday.
The younger Hilton wasn't just making house calls last night. She held a memorial at her home attended by older sister Paris and other close friends and Johnson family members.
Needless to say, Tequila wasn't invited.
(Originally published Jan. 6, 2010, at 3:22 p.m. PT)
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