Paris Hilton Shares that the Leak of Her 2004 Sex Tape Left Her With Long-term Trauma and PTSD

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Paris Hilton is revisiting her 2004 sex tape leak in light of the Framing Britney documentary, emphasizing how “traumatic” the time was for her mental health. The heiress discussed the documentary as part of Vanity Fair’s Cocktail Hour, saying, “My heart was broken after seeing the Britney Spears documentary. Seeing all of that brought back a lot of memories for me, and the way we were portrayed was completely unacceptable.”

She spoke about how the media spoke about and portrayed the girls –– who were just young ladies out having fun –– because of their celebrity status. “We were forced to play these villains because we were in the public spotlight… People are looking back at the time and seeing all of these very misogynistic opinions, and it’s such an incredible time right now.” It’s a “weight off [her] shoulders” to no longer have to deal with it, she says.

Her controversial sex tape was one of the most terrifying experiences she had to go through. Hilton’s sex tape with then-boyfriend Rick Salomon was leaked on the internet in 2004. Salomon started selling the recording under the title 1 Night in Paris a year later. After Hilton reportedly implied that the video was taped without her cooperation, Salomon filed a defamation suit against the Hilton family. Hilton then sued him for publishing the tape, winning a large settlement that she donated to charity.

The heiress, who is now engaged to Carter Reum, commented on the experience “That is something that will continue to hurt me for the rest of my life. In the back of my mind, it’s still there.” “When it happened, people were so cruel to me,” she said. The way I was portrayed on nightly talk shows and in the media…to see things through the eyes of my family was heartbreaking… Every day, I’d be in tears because I didn’t want to leave my home. I felt as if my life had come to an end.”

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