Paris Hilton, 41, to release searing first memoir

Paris Hilton, 41, to release searing first memoir – which sees star recount her ‘perilous journey through pre-#METOO sexual politics with grace, dignity and just the right amount of sass’

  • The star, 41, will debut autobiography, Paris: The Memoir, on March 14 – which chronicles the star’s ‘path to peace’ after a rocky adolescence 
  • The star, who was born into privilege as the eldest child of hotel baron Rick Hilton and wife Kathy will discuss her childhood battle with undiagnosed ADHD 
  • She was sent away to the Provo Canyon School for troubled teens by her multimillionaire parents when she was 17 years old
  •  The memoir will also chart Hilton’s alleged sexual abuse at the School where she spent 11 months
  • Paris has since campaigned to regulate ‘troubled teen centers’ since initially going public in 2020 with alleged physical and mental abuse incidents at the school 
  • During her teens, her wild appearances at nightclubs and glitzy events led to her being dubbed a socialite, before she shot to fame in 2003 on reality show The Simple Life alongside BFF Nicole Richie
  • She has since carved out a lucrative career in DJ’ing, reality shows and multiple businesses – which she has grown into a billion dollar empire

Paris Hilton is to release her first memoir, which sees the star recount her ‘perilous journey through pre-#METOO sexual politics’ and growing up in the public eye as an heiress.

The star, 41, will debut autobiography, Paris: The Memoir, on March 14 – which chronicles the star’s ‘path to peace’ after a rocky adolescence which saw her battle undiagnosed ADHD and be sent away to a Utah boarding school for troubled teens by her multimillionaire parents.

The memoir will also chart Hilton’s alleged sexual abuse at the Provo Canyon School where she spent 11 months when she was 17 years old. 

Paris has since campaigned to regulate ‘troubled teen centers’ since initially going public in 2020 with alleged physical and mental abuse incidents at the school.

Her life: Paris Hilton is to release her first memoir, which sees the star recount her 'perilous journey through pre-#METOO sexual politics' and growing up in the public eye as an heiress

Her life: Paris Hilton is to release her first memoir, which sees the star recount her ‘perilous journey through pre-#METOO sexual politics’ and growing up in the public eye as an heiress

Teasing the memoir. Paris’ publisher Dey Street Books states: ‘Paris Hilton is ready to take stock, place it all in context, and share her story with the world.

‘Separating the creation from the creator, the brand from the ambassador, Paris: The Memoir strips away all we thought we knew about a celebrity icon, taking us back to a privileged childhood lived through the lens of undiagnosed ADHD and teenage rebellion that triggered a panicked — and perilous — decision by her parents to send her away.

‘Paris will be recounting her perilous journey through pre-#METOO sexual politics with grace, dignity and just the right amount of sass.”

‘Most importantly, Paris shows us her path to peace while she challenges us to question our role in her story and in our own. Welcome to PARIS.’  

Can't wait: Paris shared the cover of her new memoir on Instagram

Can’t wait: Paris shared the cover of her new memoir on Instagram

Mogul: The star has become one of the most famous celebrities in the world and a revered businesswoman (pictured November 5)

Mogul: The star has become one of the most famous celebrities in the world and a revered businesswoman (pictured November 5)

Paris’ memoir promises to provide ‘intimate and unexpected’ revelations about  ‘persona and personification, the price of being young and disobedient, and the complexity of manifesting your dreams after watching part of yourself disappear.’   

Sharing the cover of the book on Friday, Paris wrote: ‘I’m so excited to share the cover of my new book PARIS with you, coming this March! Available to preorder now wherever books are sold. This has been a long time in the making and I finally feel ready to share some of my most personal stories yet.’ 

Paris was born into privilege as the eldest child of hotel mogul Richard Hilton and his wife Kathy. She was diagnosed with ADHD in her childhood and went public with her condition in 2007.

She has previously branded the condition her ‘superpower’ saying: ‘I am a creative. My Mind is always moving. I am always thinking of new ways to do business.

‘I think it gives me this drive and edge I needed to succeed. It can be a superpower if nurtured in the right way!’

During her teens, her wild appearances at nightclubs and glitzy events led to her being dubbed a socialite, before she shot to fame in 2003 on reality show The Simple Life alongside BFF Nicole Richie. 

Rise to fame: During her teens, her wild appearances at nightclubs and glitzy events led to her being dubbed a socialite, before she shot to fame in 2003 on reality show The Simple Life alongside BFF Nicole Richie (pictured)

Rise to fame: During her teens, her wild appearances at nightclubs and glitzy events led to her being dubbed a socialite, before she shot to fame in 2003 on reality show The Simple Life alongside BFF Nicole Richie (pictured)

After failed forays into pop music and acting and a sex tape scandal, she has carved out a lucrative career in DJ’ing, reality shows, multiple businesses – with the run-up to her wedding to Carter Reum, 41, in November chronicled through Peacock show, Paris In Love.

She is worth an estimated $300 million and built up a billion dollar empire. Paris has developed the second-most successful celebrity fragrance line of all time, behind only Liz Taylor and recently released her 29th fragrance, Love Rush.

Last month Paris claimed she was sexually abused after being forced to undergo cervical exams performed by staff members at Provo Canyon School in the early hours of the morning.’

 The reality star said her childhood was ‘stolen’ by the alleged abuse at Provo Canyon School where she spent 11 months when she was 17 years old. 

Speaking to the New York Times, Paris, who has campaigned to regulate ‘troubled teen centers’ since initially going public in 2020 with alleged physical and mental abuse incidents at the school in 2020, said she had tried to ‘black out’ the reported incidents.

 

Tragic: The memoir will also chart Hilton's alleged sexual abuse at the Provo Canyon School where she spent 11 months when she was 17 years old (pictured aged 18)

 Tragic: The memoir will also chart Hilton’s alleged sexual abuse at the Provo Canyon School where she spent 11 months when she was 17 years old (pictured aged 18)

She said: ‘Very late at night – this would be around three or four in the morning – they would take myself and other girls into this room, and they would perform medical exams.  

‘This wasn’t even with a doctor. It was with a couple different staff members, where they would have us lay on the table and put their fingers inside of us. And I don’t know what they were doing, but it was definitely not a doctor and it was really scary 

‘It was really scary, and it’s something that I really had blocked out for many years. But it’s coming back all the time now, and I think about it. And now, looking back as an adult, that was definitely sexual abuse.’

Paris further detailed the alleged incidents on Twitter, writing: ‘Sleep-deprived & heavily medicated, I didn’t understand what was happening. 

‘I was forced to lie on a padded table, spread my legs & submit to cervical exams. I cried while they held me down & said,”No!” They just said, “Shut up. Be quiet. Stop struggling or you’ll go to Obs.”‘

It Girl: After starting her career as a socialite, she has carved out a lucrative career in DJ'ing, reality shows and multiple businesses (pictured 2006 with Kim Kardashian)

It Girl: After starting her career as a socialite, she has carved out a lucrative career in DJ’ing, reality shows and multiple businesses (pictured 2006 with Kim Kardashian)

‘It’s important to open up about these painful moments so I can heal & help put an end to this abuse.

‘This was a recurring experience not only for me but for other #survivors. I was violated & I am crying as I type this because no one, especially a child, should be sexually abused. My childhood was stolen from me & it kills me this is still happening to other innocent children.’ 

She tweeted Universal Health Services, who purchased Provo Canyon School in 2000, the year after her alleged abuse, urging them to shut down the center.

She wrote: ‘Stop prioritizing profit over people @UHS_Inc. I demand you take immediate action starting by shutting down Provo Canyon School by April 1st, 2023. 

‘“END CHILD ABUSE AT UHS” or retweet if you agree. #ShutDownPCS #UHSTakeAction #EndChildAbuse

Party girl: The star is pictured attending a soiree in 2001

Party girl: The star is pictured attending a soiree in 2001

Paris appeared alongside other young people who had been sent to similar centers as teenagers, in a series titled: ‘Can You Punish A Child’s Mental Health Problems Away? 

DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for the school for comment.   

The teen treatment center, where a 12-month stay costs up to $300,000, has faced previous accusations of beating, drugging and sexually abusing its clients.

The socialite first slammed the institution in her 2020 documentary This Is Paris and succeeded in pushing for new, tighter regulation on schools for troubled teens.

Testifying to Utah lawmakers in February 2021, the hotel heiress said she was ‘verbally, mentally and physically abused on a daily basis’ at Provo Canyon.

‘I was cut off from the outside world and stripped of all of my human rights. I was not allowed to be myself, hold my own opinions or even speak. Without a diagnosis I was forced to consume medication that made me feel numb and exhausted. I didn’t breathe fresh air or see the sunlight for 11 months,’ she said.

‘Children were restrained, hit, thrown into walls, strangled and sexually abused regularly at Provo… I could not report this because all communication with my family was monitored and censored.

Campaign: Paris has campaigned for the school's closure since 2020

Campaign: Paris has campaigned for the school’s closure since 2020

‘That was the worst of the worst… There’s no getting out of there. You’re sitting on a chair and staring at a wall all day long, getting yelled at or getting hit.’  

The socialite slammed the institution in her 2020 documentary This Is Paris and succeeded in pushing for new, tighter regulation on schools for troubled teens.

The Times claims Universal Health Services still faces numerous lawsuits, with one suit – in which 49 plaintiffs are named – more than two dozen people have claimed to have been sexually abused by a former medical director. 

Paris has campaigned for the school’s closure since going public with her allegations. 

In August 2021, Universal Health Services was sued over the alleged ‘torture’ and ‘sexual abuse’ of another student.

Aaron Ross was 13 when he was sent to Provo Canyon School in Utah in 2001, where he claims a staff member forced him to perform oral sex on them a dozen times under threat of starvation, locked him in solitary confinement for weeks, and made him sit for weeks at a desk facing the wall.

The lawsuit accused the school of practicing ‘a myriad of maltreatment including physical, verbal and sexual abuse, chemical sedation and isolation, vigorous labor, the use of physical restraints, food and sleep deprivation and humiliation, amongst others, some of which the Geneva Convention banned as being too extreme for prisoners of war.’

Twitter: The star gave further details of the alleged abuse in a Twitter thread

Twitter: The star gave further details of the alleged abuse in a Twitter thread

It said Provo Canyon is among the ‘worst of the worst’ of allegedly abusive schools, highlighting Hilton’s campaign to tighten laws monitoring institutions for troubled teens, her alleged abuse at Provo Canyon, and hundreds of police and regulator investigations there over assaults, sex offences and child abuse since 2012.

In March 2021, the Utah Legislature approved the SB127 bill backed by Paris to enact more regulations on the state’s ‘troubled teen’ centers.

A spokesman for Provo Canyon School told Dailymail.com last month: ‘ Provo Canyon School was sold by its previous ownership in August 2000. 

‘We therefore cannot comment on the operations or student experience prior to that time. What we can say is that the school provides a structured environment teaching life-skills, providing behavioral health therapy, and continuing education for youth who come to us with pre-existing and complex emotional, behavioral and psychiatric needs. 

‘These youths have not been successful in typical home and school environments, and in many cases have a history of engaging in dangerous behaviors such as self-harming and/or attempting suicide, physical violence and/or aggression toward others, and use of illicit substances. 

‘While we acknowledge there are individuals over the many years who believe they were not helped by the program, we are heartened by the many stories former residents share about how their stay was a pivot point in improving – and in many cases, saving – their lives. 

‘Provo Canyon School today is an intensive, psychiatric residential treatment center for youth between the ages of 8 and 18. We offer innovative, evidence-based therapeutic interventions, academic instruction and life-skills training tailored to the needs of each of our students. 

Emotional: Hilton opened up about the alleged abuse she experienced at Provo Canyon School in her documentary released in 2020

Emotional: Hilton opened up about the alleged abuse she experienced at Provo Canyon School in her documentary released in 2020

‘Our treatment is holistic in nature—and supports wellness strategies including education, physical activity, nutritious foods and appropriate structured outdoor time. Over the last two decades, mental health treatment has evolved from a behaviors-based foundation to a personalized, trauma-informed approach. 

‘We work with extremely complex individuals who often present a danger to themselves and others. 

‘Provo Canyon School is committed to the safety of our students and staff. Provo Canyon School DOES NOT use “solitary confinement” as a form of intervention. Licensed physicians prescribe medication as necessary to assist residents in addressing their mental health related diagnoses. 

‘The students and their families are informed of changes to prescription medications and participate in decision-making about medications. Provo Canyon School physicians DO NOT prescribe or use any medication as a means of discipline. The infrequent use of medications to assist a student in gaining control is within the standard of care and the requirements in Utah code. 

‘We do not use medication to sedate, render a student immobile or restrict them in their ability to continue to engage actively in their care. Provo Canyon School provides every student with a survey upon discharge that rates their overall experience and provides the facility with feedback. 

‘Out of 1,651 discharged students from Provo Canyon School between January 2018 – June 2022, 88% responded to the survey, providing a score of 4.88 out of 5 overall on the student satisfaction rating scale. 

‘In 2018, Student Satisfaction Survey Results reported: • 99.7% of students report that they feel better at discharge than when admitted • 99.1% of students report that overall they were very satisfied with their treatment • 97.8% of students report that they would recommend the facility to someone needing treatment • 99.4% of students report that they felt safe while they were there • 99.4% of students report that they were treated with dignity and respect.

Privilege: Paris was born into wealth as the eldest daughter of hotel baron Rick Hilton and wife Kathy (pictured 2006)

Privilege: Paris was born into wealth as the eldest daughter of hotel baron Rick Hilton and wife Kathy (pictured 2006)

In 2019, Student Satisfaction Survey Results reported: • 99.2% of students report that they feel better at discharge than when admitted • 98.9% of students report that overall they were very satisfied with their treatment • 98.2% of students report that they would recommend the facility to someone needing treatment • 99.2% of student report that they felt safe while they were there • 99.2% of students report that they were treated with dignity and respect.

 In 2020, Student Satisfaction Survey Results reported: • 99.7% of students report that they feel better at discharge than when admitted • 100% of students report that overall they were very satisfied with their treatment • 100% of students report that they felt safe while they were there • 98.4% of student report that they were treated with dignity and respect 

In 2021, Student Satisfaction Survey Results reported: • 100% of students report that they feel better at discharge than when admitted • 100% of students report that overall they were very satisfied with my treatment • 99.7% of students report that they felt safe while they were here. • 100% of students report that they were treated with dignity and respect According to YTD June 2022 Student Satisfaction Survey Results: • 100% of students report that they feel better at discharge than when admitted • 100% of students report that overall they were very satisfied with my treatment • 99.5% of students report that they felt safe while they were here. • 98.9% of students report that they were treated with dignity and respect.

‘Provo Canyon School is highly regulated by multiple agencies and organizations. Provo Canyon School is licensed by the State of Utah, Department of Human Services; it is accredited by The Joint Commission (national accreditation of health care organizations including psychiatric residential treatment centers) and Cognia/AdvancED for academic services. 

‘On average, our facility receives 20-30 independent onsite audits annually by highly qualified, professional auditors. We are required by law and contract to report any significant, negative finding to all our regulatory agencies to which we are responsible, as well as required by contract to report to all funding agencies. We do not condone or promote any form of abuse. 

‘Any and all alleged/suspected abuse is reported immediately to our state regulatory authorities, law enforcement and Child Protective Services, as required. We are committed to providing high-quality care to youth with special, and often complex, emotional, behavioral and psychiatric needs. We are concerned that the current media coverage may increase the stigma around seeking help for behavioral health concerns. 

Path to happiness: Paris wed husband Carter Reum in 2021 and plans to start a family with him in 2023 (pictured in November)

Path to happiness: Paris wed husband Carter Reum in 2021 and plans to start a family with him in 2023 (pictured in November)

‘This would be a disservice if it leads people away from seeking necessary care and increases the stigma around mental health that providers, organizations, advocates and members of the public have worked so hard – and made much progress over the years – to break. 

‘Thousands of youth with behavioral health issues have been helped over the years at Provo Canyon School. Although the vast majority of students report benefiting from the care they received at Provo Canyon School, occasionally some students do not believe their treatment was successful. 

‘We cannot comment on individuals’ treatment, care or allegations due to privacy laws – but will reiterate that we are committed to providing high-quality care in a compassionate, safe environment. Ultimately, the value our clinicians and staff provide is evidenced by their ability to improve and save lives. 

‘As related to recent legislation, Provo Canyon School is in support of Utah Senate Bill 127. We are supportive of the additional transparency the legislation requires. As always, our singular goal is student safety. 

‘As a matter of policy and procedure, we have always operated within the requirements of our reporting obligations. Leadership and staff of Provo Canyon School are highly committed to providing effective treatment, compassionate care and a nurturing environment for the students and families we serve. 

‘We welcome collaborative discussion, change and opportunity to enhance the care and services provided in our level of residential care. We seek to be transparent in our operations and practices as far as it also ensures the rights, respect and dignity of the students we treat.

 If you have been affected by this story,  in the US contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673 or visit www.rainn.org 

In the UK contact, Rape Crisis on 0808 802 9999 on contact the service using their online chat function. 

Popping the question: Paris and Carter's romance, engagement and wedding was chronicled on reality show Paris In Love

Popping the question: Paris and Carter’s romance, engagement and wedding was chronicled on reality show Paris In Love

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