NEW YORK (AP) – There’s a scene in a new documentary about Paris Hilton where the so-called socialite talks to former classmates from a boarding school in Utah. They joke about how Hilton on her reality series “The Simple Life” pretended to be vague about many things – including how to perform any kind of manual work.
One rightly described it as “some equal (explicit)”, as they all laughed.
“I do not think you had a loud voice then,” was another remark.
None of this is a surprise to Hilton. What is revealed in “This is Paris”, which debuted for free on Hilton’s YouTube channel, is that the ultra glam, baby-talking young woman whose standard line was “it̵
Hilton says she entered the nightlife as a teenager and wanted to sneak out and go to clubs while her family stayed at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. Her frustrated parents sent her away to various programs to correct. There was an outdoor wilderness camp where Hilton and another girl were trying 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 describes as “the worst of the worst”: Provo Canyon School in Utah.
“This is the only place where it is impossible to run away. So it’s basically like the one place that they all talk about the other places and say, ‘If you run away or you’re bad, you’ll be sent to Provo,’ ‘Hilton said.
She lived at Provo for 11 months and says she was abused mentally and physically while she was there, claiming that the staff would beat her, force her to take unknown pills, see her shower and send her to solitary confinement without clothes as punishment.
The 39-year-old says the treatment was so “traumatic” that she suffered nightmares and insomnia for years.
“We are aware of a new documentary that refers to Provo Canyon School (PCS). Note that PCS was sold by its previous ownership in August 2000. Therefore, we cannot comment on the surgeries or the patient experience before that time, “the school said in a statement on its website.
Attempts to find the previous owners for comment failed.
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 as she became more comfortable with director Alexandra Dean.
Hilton said while on Provo, she decided she wanted full control of her life and image. That meant she would never tell anyone what happened to her there. She would also be very, very wealthy.
“I saw success as freedom, and I just imagined this glamorous life. .. I made all these plans for what I wanted to be. And all I used to do was be successful and independent. ”
For anyone who has been criticized for being famous for no reason, Hilton has built a multi-billion dollar company around its image. She has brand name stores in the Middle East and Asia, is a successful DJ and has released 27 fragrances, among other products.
“It turns out that the whole machine, all the attention she got, paparazzi, insta fame, it’s all a creation of this traumatized girl trying to figure out how to climb out of this hole, she was in, ”Dean said. “It simply came to our notice then. In some ways, she created it all. What I want people to know is that they need to give her the credit for being incredibly innovative, but they also need to understand that what they saw was not the person, but the shield that she constructed to protect herself . ”
Hilton says that since she talked about what happened on Provo, she feels free. She now sleeps through the night and no longer has nightmares. She also says she is happy and in a healthy relationship with businessman Carter Reum.
Her life has been slowed for the past six months due to the pandemic and she no longer travels to work. Hilton says she likes it this way and plans to continue to be more picky about leaving home. “I’m moving on to the next phase of my life,” she said.
She is also hopeful that speaking out against programs like Provo will deter parents from sending their children to similar situations.
“I would never recommend it to any family ever because I think it just causes more drama and more problems than anyone would ever have.” She is now part of the Breaking Code Silence movement, a network dedicated to raising awareness of the “troubled teenage industry. “
“Parents are being manipulated and lied to and told a completely different story,” she said. “I think it’s important to do your research.”
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