Paris Hilton is now speaking out about being the victim of the Bling Ring robberies that took place four years ago in her Hollywood Hills home. And she's saying watching the crimes played out on the big screen has given her the strength to finally talk about the traumatizing ordeal.
The 32-year-old hotel heiress makes a cameo – playing herself – in Sofia Coppola's aptly named "The Bling Ring." (We caught our first glimpse of Hilton in the trailer that came out last month.) Starring Emma Watson, "The Bling Ring" is making its debut at this year's Cannes Film Festival in France. And Hilton is there – along with the cast and Coppola – to support the film.
As it turns out, Hilton has offered even more support to the film: She allowed Coppola to shoot several scenes inside her home. "Sofia came to my birthday party last year," Hilton told The Hollywood Reporter. "She loved my house and said it couldn't be re-created in a set."
Hilton's house was broken into at least five times by a group of young people – mostly privileged teens – in the late 2000s. Other celebrity victims of the so-called "Bling Ring" robberies included Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr, Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson, and Audrina Patridge. The case created widespread media coverage and involved the theft of roughly $3 million in cash and property.
Hilton has kept quiet about it all – until now. She has expressed that the experience was traumatizing. "It was terrifying. I had never experienced anything like that before and it really shook the foundations of my world," she told the Sun in her first interview to date about the incidents.
Hilton detailed one of the home invasions and credited her then-boyfriend, Cy Waits, with saving her life. “He got his gun, went outside and put it to the man’s head. Cy forced him to the ground and held him there until the police arrived," she told the Sun.
After the ordeal, Hilton said she decided to withdraw from the public eye "before anything worse happened."
When it came to filming in her home, Hilton indicated she wouldn't have trusted any other director, according to THR. "I really admire her, an intelligent independent woman who's a director. Sofia knows everything about these kids now -- stuff I didn't know," Hilton acknowledged. She also told the Sun it was important for her to retell the story: "I wanted to help the filmmakers get across just how serious this crime is and how frightening and hurtful it is for the victims."
Check out the trailer for 'The Bling Ring':