Paris Hilton Reflects Back on Leaked Sex Tape: ‘I Was So Depressed, Humiliated’
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Before becoming famous for “The Simple Life”, her reality show with then-pal Nicole Richie, socialite Paris Hilton was famous for something a lot less wholesome than a TV show after a 2001 sex tape featuring Hilton, then 18, and 33-year-old beau Rick Salomon was leaked.
Released on DVD by Salomon under the tongue-in-cheek title “1 Night in Paris”, the sex tape was rumoured to have been leaked by none other than Hilton herself in order to make herself more famous, charges she’s consistently denied.
In fact, Hilton launched a $30-million invasion of privacy lawsuit against Salomon, which was settled when she agreed to accept a $400,000 cut of the profits brought in from the video.
Meanwhile, Hilton says she’s not unaware of her reputation as a spoiled hotel heiress who is “famous for doing nothing,” but says she’s come to own the criticism and even enjoys challenging people’s preconceptions of who she is.
“People love to talk sh*t,” she says. “I’m used to it, over the years. I love how, anyone I meet, I always change their mind right away. I’m not what people think. It’s fun to kind of laugh with it and say I’m in on the joke.”
In a new interview with Marie Claire, it’s an older, wiser Hilton (now 36) who reflects back on the release of the tape and adamantly contends that she wasn’t behind the tape’s leak.
“That’s one thing that really pisses me off when I hear it, because I never, ever received one dollar from that video,” she tells Marie Claire. “That is the last thing that I would want out there.”
To this day, she admits she still finds the whole experience to be “really hurtful, because my whole life I really looked up to Princess Diana, all these elegant, amazing women, and I feel like [Salomon] just took that all away from me,” she says.
“I could have been like that, but because of that tape, I will always be judged and thought of as whatever they say about me because of a private moment between my boyfriend and me,” she adds. “I wish I had never met him. That is actually the one regret in my life. I wish that I had never met that guy. I could not leave my house for months. I was so depressed, humiliated. I didn’t want to be seen in public.”
While she may not have kind words for Salomon, she does have a lot of nice things to say about President Donald Trump, a longtime family friend.
“I’ve known him since I was a little girl,” she says. “And he’s always been so nice, so respectful and sweet.”