Paris Hilton Was R*ped By An Older Man At 15
Paris Hilton Was R*ped By An Older Man At 15
Paris Hilton shared her story of resilience and strength after being sexually assaulted at the age of 15.
The hotel heiress, reality TV star, and upcoming author of Paris: The Memoir (to be released on March 14), spoke openly about her teenage years, including the sexual abuse she endured. She recounted her first sexual experience at the age of 15 with an older man whom she met with a friend at the mall.
According to Paris Hilton — the man drugged and r*ped her, and she also experienced mistreatment from powerful men during her youth. Despite these challenges, Hilton is taking control of her life and reclaiming her power.
“These guys would always just be hanging around the stores [and] we’d talk to them, give them our beeper [pager] numbers,” Paris Hilton told Glamour UK. “And then one day, they invited us to their house and we’re drinking these berry wine coolers.”
Recognizing that she “didn’t drink or [do] anything back then,” According to Paris, one of the men forced her to drink a drink he made, which she later realized was drugged.
“When I had maybe one or two sips, I just immediately started feeling dizzy and woozy,” she recalled. “I don’t know what he put in there; I’m assuming it was a roofie.” She eventually passed out. When she woke up a few hours later, she said she knew she’d been assaulted.
“I remembered it,” she explained. “I have visions of him on top of me, covering my mouth, being like, ‘You’re dreaming, you’re dreaming,’ and whispering that in my ear.”
Around this time, Paris claims she was groomed by a teacher from high school,
“I was just such a young girl and I got manipulated by my teacher,” she explained. “He took advantage of a young girl and that was something I blocked out as well, I didn’t remember it until years later… he would call me on the phone all the time, just flirting with me, trying to put in my mind that I was this mature woman.”
According to her account, one evening, an unnamed teacher enticed her out of her Bel Air residence and into his vehicle. They began kissing, but their intimate moment was interrupted by the arrival of Hilton’s parents, Kathy and Richard Hilton, who pulled up in their own car and caught them in the act. In an attempt to flee, the teacher sped away at a dangerous speed of “100 miles an hour” through the streets of Bel Air, while Hilton’s parents pursued them closely.
“We were going so fast and somehow we got away from them through a red light. He was freaking out and drove me back home to Bel Air, where he was like, ‘Get out,'” she said. “[I] just felt so ashamed by the whole situation — just from the beginning at such a young age and it really stuck with me in a weird way.”
“To this day, I’ve not talked about it with my family. I’ve never told anyone,” she added.
She said in a 2020 tweet that her childhood was “stolen” from her after these two encounters.
Paris says she created a “dumb blonde” caricature during this time as part of a coping mechanism to help heal from trauma while locked up in Provo Canyon School.
“The character was a trauma response, it was actually more comforting to put on this mask just to deal with everything I’d been through in life,” she said. “I would literally just think about who I wanted to be and who I was going to become. I started closing my eyes and dreaming of this world; I’m going to work so hard and become so successful and no one will ever control me again.”
“I was inspired by Marilyn Monroe, Barbie and Dolly Parton, all these blonde icons who were definitely playing characters as well,” she added. “And that just made me not think about any of the bad stuff. It was like a total escape.”
Paris recalls a cringey moment at the Cannes Film Festival when she was 19 when she met disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who was recently sentenced to 16 years in prison for r*pe.
“I was at lunch with my girlfriend and he came up to the table and was like, ‘Oh, you want to be an actress?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I really want to be in a movie,’” she recalled saying to Weinstein. “I was a teenager, so I was impressed by him. I was like, ‘Oh my god, Harvey Weinstein is so cool!’ and he said, ‘Well, we should have a meeting. You can come up to my room and read scripts.'”
“I just didn’t want to go, so I never went,” Paris said, who was well-versed on the producer’s predatory reputation. At a gala the next night, she claimed Weinstein became aggressive with her and followed her into the bathroom where he started screaming at her, “Ya wanna be a star?”
“He tried to open the door, he was hammering on the door, banging on it,” she recalled. “And I wouldn’t open it, because I was like, ‘I’m in a stall, why do you want to come in here?’ And I just wouldn’t open it. And security came and literally carried him away and he was like [shouting], ‘This is my party,’ going nuts. It scared me and freaked me out.”
Paris said she never said anything about it because, at the time, Weinstein was a “powerful” man in Hollywood “who everyone was terrified of.”
“I was like, ‘I don’t want people getting mad at me for saying anything,’” she said, “because [his behavior] was just a known thing. He was just like that and people were like, ‘OK, just turn a blind eye.’”
She became a staunch activist after welcoming her first child, London, with husband Carter Reum. Her campaign for the Stop Institutional Child Abuse bill aims to address systemic issues that result in increased reliance on congregate care and abuse and neglect for youth.
Aside from voicing her support for women’s access to abortion, the mogul is also speaking out against the Supreme Court’s repeal of Roe v. Wade last year. For her, the issue is personal given that she herself had an abortion in her early 20s.
“This was also something that I didn’t want to talk about because there was so much shame around that,” she said. “I was a kid and I was not ready for that.”
Still, she’s ready to speak out now — and to continue advocating for the rights of women and girls — because “it is so important.”
“There’s just so much politics around it and all that, but it’s a woman’s body,” she said. “Why should there be a law based on that? It’s your body, your choice and I really believe in that. It’s mind-boggling to me that they’re making laws about what you do with your reproductive health, because if it were the other way around with the guys, it would not be this way at all.”
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