Paris Hilton Describes Sex Tape Leak Experience As 'Like Being Raped'
Plenty of people will remember when the infamous video 1 Night in Paris was officially released back in 2004.
The hour-long, blurry, mostly night-vision sex tape fatures Paris Hilton and former boyfriend Rick Salomon getting freaky - and shock horror, it was never intended for our eyes. In fact, when it was released to the public, it absolutely broke the now 37-year-old socialite.
In Bert Marcus' The American Meme documentary, Paris has opened up about what was going through her head when people around the world were getting off to her very private tape.
"It was like being raped," she said on the documentary, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. "It felt like I've lost part of my soul and been talked about in such cruel and mean ways. I literally wanted to die at some points. I was like, 'I just don't want to live'.
"Because I thought everything was taken away from me. I didn't want to be known as that... I would never be who I could have been."
The sex tape was released just when reality TV series The Simple Life debuted, starring Paris and then best friend Nicole Ritchie, and naturally, a full-on media circus ensued. But since then, she's spent more than a decade working hard to maintain a squeaky-clean image - and has come out on top.
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When the tape was released, Paris was sued by Rick Salomon for defamation because she claimed she didn't know what she was doing when the camera was rolling and didn't approve of it going to the public.
She ended up countersuing and they settled out of court, with Paris saying she planned on donating some of her proceeds to charity.
The director for The American Meme praised Hilton for her candour.
"She didn't shy away from anything," he said. "Paris was brave enough to tell her truth. In the first conversation we had about the film, she told me, 'I don't give a shit anymore. I want to do something that is real, that has impact'.
"Young people live in the now and you want to be relevant and have your name out there.
"People don't really think about the long-term repercussions, which is why Paris is sharing moments from her earlier life, where she made mistakes or trusted people she shouldn't have that took advantage of her. There is so much to be learned from Paris Hilton."
She certainly didn't let the sex tape affect her professionally, as she went on to release a book, star in several reality TV shows, appear in a bunch of movies, produce fragrances (which are the second highest selling celebrity fragrances of all time, behind Liz Taylor's) and launch a semi-successful DJ career.
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