Paris Hilton talks about a boarding school in Utah where she says she was sexually abused.
In an interview with The New York Times, the socialite alleged that a male staff member at Provo Canyon School, a behavioral health center “for ‘troubled teens’, took her and other female students to a a room “very late at night” and digitally penetrated them under the guise of performing cervical exams.
“He wasn’t even a doctor,” Hilton, 41, said in the interview. “It was with a few different members of staff where they would lay us down on the table and put their fingers inside us. I don’t even know what they were doing, but it definitely wasn’t a doctor, and it was really scary.
Hilton’s parents forced her to date Provo for 11 months in 1997 when she was 17, according to The Cut.
“It was really scary, and it’s something that I had really blocked out for many years, but it comes up all the time now, and I think about it,” Hilton told The Times. “And now, looking back as an adult, it was definitely sexual abuse.”
According to information from The Times, government reports and lawsuits filed by former patients detail decades of alleged abuse by Provo staff. The Times also obtained security camera footage showing the alleged abuse.
Beyond the interview, in a series of tweets, Hilton went into more detail.
“Sleep deprived and heavily medicated, I had no idea what was going on,” Hilton wrote of the alleged sexual abuse on Twitter. “I was forced to lie down on a padded table, spread my legs and undergo cervical exams. I cried as they held me down and said, ‘No! They just said, ‘Shut up. Shut up. Stop struggling or you’ll go to the Obs.
“It was a recurring experience not only for me but for other #survivors. I was raped and crying while typing this because no one, especially a child, should be sexually abused,” Hilton continued. “My childhood was stolen from me and it’s killing me, it still happens to other innocent children. It’s important to talk about these painful times so that I can heal and help end this abuse.”
Entertainment Weekly reached out to Provo Canyon School for comment and a rep responded, sharing a media statement on its website that reads, “Provo Canyon School was sold by its former owner in August 2000. We therefore cannot comment on operations or student experience prior to that time.”
Provo isn’t the only school for troubled teens with a history of abuse allegations. In 2021, the husband-and-wife owners of the Circle of Hope Girls’ Ranch and Boarding School in rural Missouri faced 102 charges after women began speaking out on TikTok and claimed to have suffered horrific abuse from the couple’s share.