PARIS Hilton claims she was “tortured” and “bullied” at a Utah boarding school after her parents sent her there in an effort to control her teenage behavior.
The socialite’s documentary, This is Paris, aired on her YouTube channel on September 14, 2021.
What happened to Paris Hilton at the Provo congregate care facility?
Paris spoke to People and opened up about her time at Provo Canyon boarding school in Utah and her experience of allegedly suffering years of violence.
In the interview, she mentioned that her parents sent her away when they realized they could no longer manage her behavior as a teenager.
Paris claims her parents did not know the treatment she was enduring as staff would reportedly rip up letters and end phone calls, telling students that "no one would believe them."
“It was supposed to be a school, but [classes] were not the focus at all," she told the publication.
"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 claimed: "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."
Paris alleged that the boarding school staff used solitary confinement for up to 20 hours a day.
"You couldn't trust anyone," she said, admitting she cried every day and battled panic attacks.
Provo could not provide a comment about Paris' claims as they issued a statement to People saying: “Originally opened in 1971, Provo Canyon School was sold by its previous ownership in August 2000. We therefore cannot comment on the operations or patient experience prior to this time.”
On October 20, 2021, Paris attended a Washington DC event with lawmakers and rights advocates to beg for reform in congregate-child care facilities.
She urged members of Congress and President Joe Biden to pass the Accountability for Congregate Care Act into law, which would aim to safeguard care on a national level.
Speaking at the US Capitol on Wednesday, Paris explained how she still struggles to sleep due to post-traumatic stress disorder she suffered after spending time in the boarding school.
She has also testified to change the law in Utah and wrote an op-ed calling for national reform in the Washington Post.
"I wish I could tell you that what I experienced was unique or even rare - but sadly it's not," she said in a speech on Wednesday.
"Every day in America, children in congregate care settings are being physically, emotionally and sexually abused. Children are even dying at the hands of those responsible for their care," Paris added.
Where did Paris Hilton go to high school?
Paris spent her freshman year of high school in 1995 at the Marywood-Palm Valley School in Rancho Mirage, California.
At 15, she changed schools and began attending the Professional Children's School in New York City.
She grew up in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel with her parents, Rick and Kathy Hilton, and younger siblings: Nicky, 36, Barron, 30, and Conrad, 26.
Paris claims she would sneak out to clubs as a teenager and any punishment by her parents - including taking away her phone or credit cards - had no effect.
In an effort to control her behavior, she was sent by her parents to complete high school at the Provo Canyon School.
She left Provo when she turned 18-years-old and then attended the Dwight School before dropping out a few months later.
How can I watch the documentary?
The documentary was released on Paris’ YouTube channel on September 14.
It is free to stream for anyone on the website.
She released a clip from the documentary to her Instagram page, where she says: "No one really knows who I am.
"Something happened in my childhood that I've never talked about with anyone. I still have nightmares about it."
She captioned the post: "Sneak peak of my new documentary 🎥 #ThisIsParis premiering September 14th on @Youtube Originals.
"Finally ready to reveal who I truly am and speak about experiences in my life that I’ve never told anyone before. Get ready to meet The Real Paris."
A description of the documentary says: "Hilton projects a character of herself to the world to protect what is left of her youthful innocence.
"Haunted by the past and driven by an exceptional work ethic, Hilton is determined to make her own fortune and chart her own path."
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