was spotted by doormen at NV Lounge after sneaking in a side door, and after asking her to show her ID, management fiscated her license -- at which point she flipped out and stupidly called the cops.
Detective Craig Long says: "When my officers arrived on the scene we questioned Panettiere. I asked her if she tried to buy alcohol and she denied it. Panettiere told me that someone opened the side door of the nightclub so she could go inside and say hello to friends, not buy drinks."
The star insisted she needed her ID to fly back to California to meet up with her much-older boyfriend, Heroes
star Milo Ventimiglia
The license was returned after police verified it was genuine, and NV Lounge did not press charges.
That takes a lot of huevos, calling the cops when you're busted for doing something illegal. If she wasn't a celebrity, do you think things would have ended differently?
The other side of the coin is that this happened in New York. In Los Angeles, Panettiere and every other underage star is given free reign over any hot nightspot they wish to visit, and both bouncers and cops look the other way. At least the management of this New York bar pulled her out of there.
All new episodes of Heroes
return Monday, February 2, 2009.
US drinking age: change it?
Hayden saves the whales again
Heroes executive producer Kay Foster shares new season clues