Paris Hilton’s documentary, This is Paris, has dropped on YouTube, promising to give the world an inside look at the true Paris Hilton.
This is Paris reveals deeply personal aspects of Hilton’s life, including details of alleged sexual assaults which occurred during her time at Provo Canyon, a Utah based boarding school.
Hilton sat down with Sky News to discuss her decision to make the documentary and what pushed her to open up about darker aspects of her past.
While the initial plan for her documentary was to clear up misconceptions the general public had of her as a socialite turned reality star, Hilton says the project took an unexpected and therapeutic turn halfway through filming.
During a press tour in Korea, the ex-reality star was physically and emotionally exhausted and decided to open up to her director about her past trauma.
"I definitely feel like a weight is lifted off my shoulders," Hilton told Sky News of being able to share her story to the public.
"At first I was very nervous and when I was even in the editing room [for the documentary], I was like, we need to cut this out, I don't want anyone hearing about this."
Hilton shared that she felt that some of the staff at Provo Canyon "got off" on "torturing children and seeing them naked" and humiliated.
She claims that while she was at Provo Canyon she was physically and mentally abused. She alleges that herself and other students werebeaten, forced to spend time in solitary confinement, and given prescription drugs.
But she says the reaction has been overwhelming. "I'm getting just an outpouring of emails and people contacting me, survivors who have been at the same school, parents who, because they saw the trailer, have pulled their children out of there," Hilton shared.
Through the documentary, Hilton has made an impact on others who have faced similar adversaries to her.
“Just the fact that it's helping make change makes it all worth it to me that I said my story and that I even went through this."