Hilary Duff's Dad -- Still Free & On The Prowl

The celebrity world exploded, kinda, late last month when a Houston judge ordered the father of starlet Hilary Duff to spend 10 days in jail for contempt of court.

It was reported just about everywhere; perhaps nowhere better than the Teen Hollywood website, which investigated and found he had already served the 10 days, somehow.

At any rate, Bob Duff should by now be in the midst of his grueling term in the Harris County Jail, right?

Wrong. He barely ever saw it.

Harris County Sheriff's Department Captain John Martin confirms that Duff bonded out almost immediately after being led away in handcuffs on August 28.

"There are times when [someone] has people posting bond immediately after they arrive at our jail and so, of course, they don't have to go all the way through the entire booking process," he says. "Housed, and all that kind of stuff, if we're going to turn around and release them."

If Duff had been forced to stay in jail, he likely would not have been placed with the general jail population, Martin says.

"If it's a high-profile case, or a peace officer, they probably would not be put in with the general population," he says.

Duff's attorney, Robert Piro, didn't return our calls.

But we're just enormously relieved that sweet, innocent Hilary did not have to see her father behind bars. Over a dispute as to whether or not to spend $25,000 on her birthday party.

-- Richard Connelly

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