Paris Hilton Reveals She Attended ‘Physically Abusive’ Boarding School

By Emily Lee

August 24, 2020

The first trailer for Paris Hilton's highly anticipated This Is Paris dropped last week. In the upcoming YouTube documentary, Paris will address a childhood trauma she's kept secret for the first time. Ahead of the documentary's release, Paris spoke with People about her time at the "physically abusive" Provo Canyon School.

“It was supposed to be a school, but [classes] were not the focus at all,” Hilton told the outlet “From the moment I woke up until I went to bed, it was all day screaming in my face, yelling at me, continuous torture. The staff would say terrible things. They were constantly making me feel bad about myself and bully me. I think it was their goal to break us down. And they were physically abusive, hitting and strangling us. They wanted to instill fear in the kids so we’d be too scared to disobey them.”

She shared a harrowing account of being locked in solitary confinement after another student told staff of her plans to run away from the school.“They would use that as punishment, sometimes 20 hours a day," Paris revealed. Three of Paris' former classmates confirm her allegations in the upcoming documentary, as well as sharing their own allegations about the school, including disclosing incidents where they were force-fed medication and held down by restraints as punishment.

People also reached out to the school for comment. “Originally opened in 1971, Provo Canyon School was sold by its previous ownership in August 2000. We therefore cannot comment on the operations or patient experience prior to this time," the statement reads.

While Paris is reading to speak out about her experience at the school, she is not seeking legal action against them at this time. “I want these places shut down,” she said. “I want them to be held accountable. And I want to be a voice for children and now adults everywhere who have had similar experiences. I want it to stop for good and I will do whatever I can to make it happen.”

This Is Paris premieres Sept. 14 on her YouTube channel.

Photo: Getty

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