PARIS Hilton must have known that her arrival at court to answer a $8million lawsuit was going to be greeted by a barrage of press. So she treated it like any other public appearance - by pulling on a flattering designer dress, having her hair done, and applying perfect make-up. The heiress arrived at the Miami court in a suitably somber black and white dress with a large bow on the back, teamed with super high heels. Paris is being sued by the investors in her 2006 movie Pledge This. They claim she hated the movie and refused for months to make promotional appearances for it, despite a contract requiring her to do so 'During the six-month period, at no time would she take 10 minutes to do a phone interview, attorney Bryan West, who represents the investors, said in yesterdays opening statements. With Hilton nodding vigorously from her defense table seat, her attorney Michael Weinsten insisted she did numerous appearances for the movie but was unavailable to meet many requests by the films producers because of her extremely busy schedule. Paris also had the right to refuse some promotion events that might harm her 'brand and never agreed to plug the DVD release of the movie from December 2006 through May 2007, he said. 'Paris Hilton is a promotion machine, Weinsten said. 'For two-and-a-half years, she relentlessly promoted that movie. Paris, 28, is expected to testify today. She traveled to Miami for the trial from Dubai, where she has been filming episodes of her My New BFF reality show. Daily Mail Paris sat quietly at the defense table during opening statements, occasionally taking notes or fiddling with her twin ponytails. The lawsuit is being heard by Chief U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno, who has a well known sense of humor. Moreno at one point asked West whether the contract allowed Paris to refuse even the most outrageous promotion requests. 'If you said: She has to parade nude down the Champs-Elysees with a Pledge This banner... and she said no, would that be breach of contract? Moreno asked. Then, answering his own question, he added: 'No, of course not. The lawsuit seeks $8.3 million in damages, essentially to recoup the money spent to make and distribute the film. It was filed by attorney Michael Goldberg, a court-appointed receiver for a now-defunct Miami company that was the movies key investor. That company was shut down as a $300 million Ponzi scheme by the Securities and Exchange Commission, with its operator now living in Brazil. Weinsten acknowledged that Hilton wasnt pleased with the final cut of Pledge This - which concerns the antics of a fictional sorority at equally fictional South Beach University - but he said she did what she could to plug it. She was paid $1 million to act in the lead role, yet the movie only made about $2.9 million and appeared on just 25 theater screens. The investors claim it could have done much better as a DVD release if Hilton had done more promotion, particularly in Japan and Europe where she is a huge star. 'It might have made a difference. It would have done better, West said. - Daily Mail