Paris Hilton Says She “Feels Free” After Documentary About Time At Utah Residential School


NEW YORK (AP) – There’s a scene in a new documentary about Paris Hilton, where the so-called socialite talks with former classmates at a Utah residential school. They joke about how, in her reality TV series “The Simple Life”, Hilton claimed to have no idea about a lot of things – including how to do all kinds of manual labor.One of them bluntly described it as “swearing”, while they were all laughing.

“I don’t think you had a high-pitched voice back then,” was another observation.

None of this comes as a surprise to Hilton. What is revealed in “This is Paris,” which debuted for free Monday on Hilton’s YouTube channel, is that the ultra-glamorous and chatty young woman whose standard line was “It’s hot” was a caricature made not just for fame but for oneself. protection too.

Hilton says that as a teenager, she entered the nightlife scene and sneaked into clubs while her family lived at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. Her exasperated parents sent her to various programs to recover. There was an open-air wilderness camp where Hilton and another girl attempted to escape. Hilton claims they were arrested and beaten in front of others as punishment.

At the age of 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 escape. So it’s basically like this place that they all talk about at other places like, ‘If you run away or you’re bad you’re going to be sent to Provo,’ ”Hilton said.

She stayed in Provo for 11 months and says that during her time 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 to isolation without clothing as a punishment.

The 39-year-old said the treatment was so “traumatic” that she suffered from nightmares and insomnia for years.

“We are aware of a new documentary referring to Provo Canyon School (PCS). Please note that PCS was sold by its previous owner in August 2000, so we cannot comment on operations or patient experience prior to that date, ”the school said in a statement on its website.

Attempts to find previous owners for comment have failed.

Hilton says that when she agreed to be the subject of “This is Paris” she never intended to talk about past abuse, but she opened up as she felt more secure. comfortable with director Alexandra Dean.

Hilton said that when she was in Provo, she decided that she wanted full control over her life and her image. It meant she would never tell anyone what had happened to her there. She also wanted to be very, very rich.

“I saw success like freedom and just imagined this glamorous life. .. I made all of these shots of what I wanted to be. And all I wanted was to be successful and be independent.

For someone who has been criticized for being famous for no reason, Hilton has built a multi-billion dollar business around his image. She has established 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 all this machine, all this attention she got, the paparazzi, the insta-fame, it was all a creation of this traumatized girl trying to figure out how to get out of this hole she was in.” Dean said. “She attracted everything. In a way, she created everything. What I want people to know is that they should give it credit for being extremely innovative, but they should also understand that what they looked at was not the person, but the shield that she built to protect herself.

Hilton says since she spoke about what happened in Provo, she feels free. She now sleeps all night and has no more nightmares. She also says she is happy and has a healthy relationship with businessman Carter Reum.

Her life has slowed down over the past six months due to the pandemic and she no longer travels for work. Hilton says she likes it that way and plans to continue to be more selective about leaving the house. “I’m moving on to the next phase of my life,” she said.

She also hopes that denouncing programs like Provo will dissuade parents from sending their children into similar situations.

“I would never recommend this to any family because I think it just causes more drama and more trouble than anyone ever would have.” She is now part of the Breaking Code Silence movement, a network dedicated to raising awareness of the “troublesome teen industry.” ”

“Parents are manipulated and lied and tell a whole different story,” she said. “I think it’s important to do your research. ”

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