NEW YORK – 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.