Paris Hilton officially testified against the Provo Canyon School she was forced to attend when she was 16 years old, after previously alleging that she and many of the other students were emotionally, physically, and psychologically abused there.
According to Paris, she was forced to attend the boarding school for 11 months when she was a teenager, as her parents wanted to put an end to her rebellious behaviour and constant partying.
The 39-year-old entrepreneur first broke her silence about the alleged abuse on her This Is Paris YouTube Originals documentary, which premiered in September last year.
Paris appeared in a Utah court yesterday to make her emotional testimony…
“My name is Paris Hilton, I am an institutional abuse survivor and I speak today on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of children currently in residential care facilities across the United States,” she told the Utah Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee, according to People.
“For the past 20 years, I have had a recurring nightmare where I’m kidnapped in the middle of the night by two strangers, strip-searched, and locked in a facility. I wish I could tell you that this haunting nightmare was just a dream, but it is not.”
She then went into further detail about the alleged abuse she suffered while she was a student there…
“I was verbally, mentally and physically abused on a daily basis,” she continued.
“I was cut off from the outside world and stripped of all my human rights.
“Without a diagnosis, I was forced to consume medication that made me feel numb and exhausted. I didn’t breathe fresh air or see the sunlight for 11 months. There was zero privacy — every time I would use the bathroom or take a shower — it was monitored.
“At 16 years old — as a child — I felt their piercing eyes staring at my naked body. I was just a kid and felt violated every single day.”
According to reports, Provo Canyon is now under new management.
Paris Hilton went on to add that she believed the alleged abuse continued for many years after she left. It is now run by different people, who have confirmed that abuse of any kind would not be tolerated.
“We do not condone or promote any form of abuse,” the school said in a statement back in September when the documentary was first released.
“Any and all alleged/suspected abuse is reported immediately to our state regulatory authorities, law enforcement and Child Protective Services, as required. We are committed to providing high-quality care to youth with special, and often complex, emotional, behavioral and psychiatric needs.”
We know that being forced to relive the abuse in the documentary and now in court wouldn’t have been easy for Paris, so we really admire her bravery.