NEW YORK (AP) – There’s a scene in a new documentary about Paris Hilton, where the so-called socialite is talking to former classmates from a Utah boarding school. They joke about how in her reality series “The Simple Life,” Hilton pretended to be clueless about many things, including how to perform any kind of manual labor.
One bluntly described it as “a little blunt (swearing)”, while everyone laughed.
“I don’t think you had a high-pitched voice then,” was another observation.
None of this comes as a surprise to Hilton. What was revealed in “This is Paris,” which debuted for free Monday on Hilton’s YouTube channel, is that the ultra glam, child-speaking young woman whose standard line was “that̵
Hilton says she entered the nightlife scene as a teenager and would sneak out and go clubbing while her family lived at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. Her exasperated parents sent her off to various programs to get herself back on track. There was a wild open field where Hilton and another girl tried to escape. Hilton claims they were caught and beaten in front of others as punishment.
When she was 17, Hilton was finally sent to what she calls “the worst of the worst”: Provo Canyon School in Utah.
“This is the one place where it’s impossible to escape. So it’s basically like that place everyone else talks about saying, ‘If you run away or you’re bad, you’ll be sent to Provo,'” Hilton said.
She stayed in Provo for 11 months and says that while there, she was mentally and physically abused, claiming that the staff would beat her, force her to take unknown pills, watch her shower and send her into solitary confinement without clothes as punishment. .
The 39-year-old says the treatment was so “traumatizing” that she suffered from nightmares and insomnia for years.
“We are aware of a new documentary referencing the Provo Canyon School (PCS). Please note that PCS was sold from its previous ownership in August 2000. We cannot therefore comment on the operations or patient experience prior to that time, ”the school said in a statement on its website.
Attempts to find previous owners for comment were unsuccessful.
Hilton says that when she agreed to be the subject of “This is Paris,” it was never her intention to talk about past abuse, but she opened up when she became more comfortable with director Alexandra Dean.
Hilton said that while in Provo, she decided she wanted complete control over her life and image. This meant that she would never tell anyone what happened to her there. She also wanted to be very, very rich.
“I saw success as freedom and just imagined this fascinating life. .. I made all these plans of what I wanted to be. And all that mattered to me was success and independence. “
For someone who has been criticized for being famous for no reason, Hilton has built a multi-billion dollar company around her image. She has branded stores in the Middle East and Asia, is a successful DJ, and has released 27 fragrances, among other products.
“It turns out the whole car, all that attention it got, the paparazzi, the unstable fame, was all a creation of this traumatized girl trying to figure out how to get out of the hole she was in,” Dean said. . “She attracted everything. She somehow created everything. What I want people to know is that they should credit her for being immensely innovative, but they should also understand that what they saw was not the person, but the shield that she built. to protect oneself “.
Hilton says that since she talked about what happened in Provo, she feels free. Now he sleeps all night and has no more nightmares. He also says he is happy and in a healthy relationship with businessman Carter Reum.
His life has slowed in the past six months due to the pandemic and he no longer travels for work. Hilton says she likes it that way and plans to continue being more picky about leaving home. “I’m moving on to the next stage in my life,” he said.
He also hopes that speaking out against programs like Provo will dissuade parents from sending their children to similar situations.
“I would never recommend it to any family, because I think it just causes more drama and more problems than anyone could ever have.” It is now part of the Breaking Code Silence movement, a network dedicated to raising awareness of “adolescent industry problems”.
“Parents are being manipulated, lied to and told a completely different story,” he said. “I think it’s important to do your research.”
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