Paris Hilton speaks at the YouTube TCA 2020 Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif on Jan 18, 2020. Photo: Invision/AP

Paris Hilton says she 'feels free' after YouTube documentary


There's a scene in a new documentary about Paris Hilton, where the so-called socialite is speaking with former classmates from a Utah boarding school. They joke about how on her reality series “The Simple Life,” Hilton pretended to be clueless over many things— including how to perform any sort of manual labor.

One bluntly described it as “some straight-up (expletive)," as they all laughed.

“I don't think you had like a high-pitch voice back then,” was another observation.

None of this is a surprise to Hilton. What's revealed in “This is Paris,” which debuted for free Monday on Hilton's YouTube channel, is that the ultra glam, baby-talking young woman whose standard line was “that's hot,” was a manufactured caricature not just for fame but self-protection, too.

Hilton says as a teen she got into the nightlife scene and would sneak out and go to clubs while her family lived at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. Her exasperated parents sent her away to various programs to straighten out. There was an outdoor wilderness camp 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 describes as “the worst of the worst": Provo Canyon School in Utah.

“This is the only place where it’s impossible to run away. So it’s basically like that one place that they all talk about at the other places saying, ‘If you run away or you’re bad, you’re going to be sent to Provo,’” said Hilton.

She stayed at Provo for 11 months and says while there, she was abused mentally and physically, claiming staff would beat her, force her to take unknown pills, watch her shower and send her to solitary confinement without clothes as punishment.

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

“We are aware of a new documentary referencing Provo Canyon School (PCS). Please note that PCS was sold by its previous ownership in August 2000. We therefore cannot comment on the operations or patient experience prior to that time," the school said in a statement on its website.

Attempts to find the previous owners for comment were unsuccessful.

Hilton says when she agreed to be the subject of “This is Paris," it was never her intention to speak about past abuses, but she opened up as she became more comfortable with director Alexandra Dean.

Hilton said while she was at Provo, she decided she wanted complete control in her life and image. That meant she would never tell anyone about what happened to her there. She also wanted to be very, very wealthy.

“I saw success as freedom and I just imagined this glamorous life. .. I made all these plans of what I wanted to be. And all I cared about was being successful and independent.”

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 that whole machine, all that attention she got, the paparazzi, the insta-fame, it was all a creation of this traumatized girl trying to figure out how to climb her way out of this hole she was in," said Dean. "She attracted it all. In some ways she created it all. What I want people to know is that they should give her credit for being immensely innovative, but they should also understand that what they watched was not the person, but the shield that she constructed to protect herself.”

Hilton says since speaking out about what happened at Provo, she feels free. She's now sleeping through the night and no longer has nightmares. She also says she's happy and in a healthy relationship with businessman Carter Reum.

Her life has slowed down in the past six months due to the pandemic, and she's no longer traveling for work. Hilton says she likes it this way and plans to continue to be more choosy about leaving home. “I'm moving on to the next phase of my life,” she said.

She's also hopeful that speaking out against programs like Provo will deter parents from sending their kids to similar situations.

“I would never recommend that to any family ever, because I think it just causes more drama and more issues than anyone would ever have." She's now a part of the Breaking Code Silence movement, a network dedicated to raising awareness about the “troubled teen industry."

“The parents are 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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Documentary? Is this code for a new sex tape?

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her ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon released a tape of the pair being intimate. 

Her POS ex releasing the tape without her knowledge or permission reflects poorly on him and certainly not on her. A man who judges the victim of a crime like this, is similarly acronymed.

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A man who judges the victim of a crime like this, is similarly acronymed.

Same can be said for a person similarly judging. She claims she didn't receive any money? She didn't know. You are telling me a woman from one of the most powerful families was not able to do what lesser people were able to do? Cease and desist. Multiple suits against her ex as well as the production company? Also, it didn't stop her from leveraging that same tape into a reality TV empire and then a DJ empire. Especially when she mentioned her claim to fame, that tape, numerous times on her reality TV appearances.

There is no judgment in this. Simply an observation on how her and one of her best friends both turned these supposed leaked tapes that they had no power over, into a highly successful public career.

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I like her, no matter her past. At least she has courage.

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Does anybody actually care about this bimbo?

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Simply an observation on how her and one of her best friends both turned these supposed leaked tapes that they had no power over, into a highly successful public career.

You mean she should have just sat in shame instead of turning the situation around and taking control of her public persona?

Interesting that you assume her to be the liar, but have nothing to say about the man whom she says released this tape without her consent? You think he is somehow trustworthy but she isn't? Based on what, exactly?

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Please stop making snap judgments and applying statements to me that I never made. I cannot attest to her character or her ex boyfriend. I don't know either of them. Also, taking ownership of your situation doesn't make someone a bad person. The only people I make judgements on are politicians based on their body of work. I don't judge nor care about the past and present of males or females that have had sex tapes released. Nor those that work as strippers, prostitutes, or in pornography. The only person that seems vindictive or judgemental right now is you. Your focus seems only on finding the absolute negative of any comment. This is my last response to you on this situation. Enjoy your day.

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Does anybody actually care about this bimbo?

Whatever you think of her, she is clearly not a bimbo. She may play one on TV, but that's called acting. She has built a small empire off her actions.

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PH is the symbol of so much that is wrong of late, certainly no role model in any way shape or form!

As for the sex tape.....if it didnt exist she likely would have manufactured something else in its place.

While I have no envy of being born a Hilton, clearly she doesnt want to take any responsibility for her actions & what happened along the way. Is it all her fault, not likely, but a TON of whats happened on her watch IS!

I was going to watch this supposed documentary but at just shy of 2hrs not likely

Seems to me she wants to CHANGE in peoples minds what SHE did......will check a few bits on youtube, not expecting to hear about her taking much responsibility!

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PH is the symbol of so much that is wrong of late, certainly no role model in any way shape or form!

Maybe, but I still don't get the hate. Everybody loves Robert Downey Jr., for example, and his record is even worse.

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Here is a Coles Notes analysis of the "documentary"

Seems to be pretty fair, balanced to me

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Everybody loves Robert Downey Jr., for example, and his record is even worse.

Yeah, but he can act.

It's OK though, she's attractive so I don't care if someone likes her. Just saying, she's not talented at much besides self-promotion and apparently cooking.

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It's OK though, she's attractive so I don't care if someone likes her. Just saying, she's not talented at much besides self-promotion and apparently cooking.

You wish you had her business empire.

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SpeedToday  09:51 am JST

Does anybody actually care about this bimbo?

A stupid sex tape is what put her in the limelight and she relished it. She and Whoever Richie got a reality TV show and she made a crap CD. And it was her looks and ill-gotten fame that made it all possible. Then she got paid $M fees to show up at parties and she got a slap on the wrist for DUI. She claimed after that she'd go help the people of genocide-devasted Rwanda and that didn't happen.

Some people may be sympathetic to her problems but I'm not! Her traumatic past in Utah is no excuse for irresponsible behavior and she just needs to go away forever. Her Famous Fifteen Minutes passed a long time ago.

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Back in the limelight with more media/public manipulation. Perfect timing as the Kardashians reality tv show ends. Im sure they all cooperate on the scam. Iwouldnt swallow the bs abt poor Paris’s “abuse” at skool.

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Oh no!


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Born with a silver spoon.

And a nice body shape, alrhoufh not that'much for me.

Why do you think they let a Basic instinct photo moment on JT ! ;))

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SpeedToday 09:51 am JSTDoes anybody actually care about this bimbo?

the amount of time you spent writing that comment, it took her to earn your yearly salary...twice over. some bimbo huh? smfh...

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She seems to be very polarizing on this site. Yeah, she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth but it doesn't mean we should belittle the troubles she says she has had in her life. I liked her dumb show for what it was - airhead entertainment - and wish her the best.

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Does anybody actually care about this bimbo?

If ya think she's a bimbo, then ya bought into her manufactured persona hook, line, & sinker

"This Is How Paris Hilton Fooled the Entire United States of America - Through the power of a fake baby voice, Paris Hilton launched a business empire, invented reality TV superstardom, and disrupted American culture years before Facebook or the Kardashians."

At 34, Paris Hilton has accomplished more than most people do in a lifetime. In 2014, Women's Wear Daily reported Paris had sold over $2 billion worth of perfume. (Last month, she released her 19th fragrance, a limited edition of her second-best-selling fragrance, "Heiress.") And over the past 15 years, she has opened 50 "Paris Hilton" stores in over 40 countries; licensed her name and brand to 17 product lines; opened a resort, the Paris Hilton Beach Club at Azure in Manila, Philippines

Paris had learned to act like different characters in certain situations to get her way with men. "One is not born, but rather becomes a woman," French existentialist Simone de Beauvoir wrote. Paris learned the characteristics of femininity and then exaggerated cliché womanly behavior. In her teens, these gender performances, as feminist theorist Judith Butler has called them, manipulated boys to give her what she wanted.

But even three years before The Simple Life's premiere, Paris knew how to manipulate her femininity for business opportunities. By breaking the Upper East Side's dated Edith Wharton rules about heiresses' behavior, Paris became the protagonist of the local tabloids. Everyone was talking about her, so everyone wanted her at their parties. Party promoters even started asking the sisters if they could pay them to show up, making them among the first people to receive a paycheck for going out.

Neither Paris's management nor Fox expected The Simple Life to succeed, Vorias says. At the time, Survivor had recently become the first megahit reality series on a major network and The Real World had ruled MTV for over a decade, but reality television had yet to churn out an American icon on par with Jennifer Aniston or Ben Affleck. Paris, however, knew she could use the program as a launching pad for a major career. Sure, Vorias says, producers organized reshoots, but Paris directed herself. She created the "Paris talk and the ditziness" and famous one-liners.

"Remember that line when she was like, 'What's Walmart?' She knew what Walmart was," Vorias says. "She [created the line] herself and made it something that she knew [would] be like a watercooler [moment]."

"The people who don't get it are the ones who would say that because they only saw The Simple Life or an interview where I talk like a baby that I'm just this spoiled airhead," Paris says. "Anyone who'd actually look into it would actually know it's the opposite: You don't get this far and build something like this by being a dumb blonde."

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OK, so who is Paris Hilton?

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ok, but, er, so what?

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Seeking more attention? Yeah, she's not stupid.

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ok, but, er, so what?

She's smarter than a lot of us - how to utilize the gullibility of an entire country to launch her business empire

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A word to the unwise: this is the sort of post that results from letting Vice do your thinking for you...

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A word to the unwise: this is the sort of post that results from letting Vice do your thinking for you...

Oh please, like it didn't happen

America fell for it, lol

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You wish you had her business empire.

So do you, but you don't. Neither of us was born a rich blonde.

What's your point?

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I can forgive Paris for all the nonsense she did in the past, most of us have done crazy things, so I’m not knocking for that, but what made me not like this woman was when she stayed with that host family in the countryside and they really took a liking to her and seemed to hit it off quite well and later when the show ended and they did a reunion with that host family again the mother wanted to remain in contact with Hilton and she said, “what for?” Cold, mean and heartless and I remember the woman shocked and crying and after I watched that, I never liked the woman after that, not to mention she’s said some foul things about blacks as well, so because of that I just find her very trashy. There was No reason for her to treat a person that took her in like the way she did.

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