Paris Hilton Shares Her Story of Abuse From Her Teenage Years

Hilary Weaver
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Photo credit: BG002/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images
Photo credit: BG002/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

From ELLE

Paris Hilton's new documentary, This Is Paris, is premiering on September 14 on Hilton's YouTube channel, and in it, she shares her story of abuse as a teen, per People.

In the documentary, the 39-year-old socialite, businesswoman, and DJ reveals that she was abused at Provo Canyon School in Utah, a boarding school she attended in the late 1990s.

"I buried my truth for so long," Hilton, told People. "But I'm proud of the strong woman I've become. People might assume everything in my life came easy to me, but I want to show the world who I truly am."

Hilton told People that before she left for boarding school, she was living in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel with her parents, and she often broke her parents' rules.

"It was so easy to sneak out and go to clubs and parties," recalls Hilton. "My parents were so strict that it made me want to rebel. They'd [punish me] by taking away my cell phone, taking away my credit card, but it didn't work. I would still go out on my own." So, Hilton's parents decided to send her to the Provo school, where she stayed for 11 months.

As soon as she arrived, Hilton said, she had a bad feeling about the school. "I knew it was going to be worse than anywhere else," she said. "It was supposed to be a school, but [classes] were not the focus at all. From the moment I woke up until I went to bed, it was all day screaming in my face, yelling at me, continuous torture."

She continued: "The staff would say terrible things. They were constantly making me feel bad about myself and bully me. I think it was their goal to break us down. And they were physically abusive, hitting and strangling us. They wanted to instill fear in the kids so we'd be too scared to disobey them."

A few of Hilton's classmates reportedly appear in the documentary and share similar stories of being force-fed medication and being held down by restraints.

Here is the trailer for the film, in which she says she "still [has] nightmares about" the experience:

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