Paris Hilton has officially testified in court against the Provo Canyon School in Utah, following her allegations of emotional, physical, and physiological abuse when she was a student there.
The 39-year-old former socialite first made the abuse allegations in her This Is Paris YouTube documentary which premiered in September last year.
She confessed that she was forced to attend the correctional boarding school for 11 months when she was a teenager, as her parents tried to tame her rebellious behavior…
“It was just terrifying to be in a place every day where people who work there were sadistic and wanted to torture and hurt children,” Paris Hilton told The Times about the school when she was promoting her documentary last year.
The socialite turned DJ turned entrepreneur made her emotional testimony against the school in a Utah court yesterday…
“My name is Paris Hilton, I am an institutional abuse survivor and I speak today on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of children currently in residential care facilities across the United States,” she began.
“For the past 20 years, I have had a recurring nightmare where I’m kidnapped in the middle of the night by two strangers, strip-searched, and locked in a facility. I wish I could tell you that this haunting nightmare was just a dream, but it is not.”
She continued to go into detail about the abuse she and some of the other students faced when they were there, which included being forced to take medication that they didn’t need, and even being monitored when showering and using the bathroom…
“I was verbally, mentally and physically abused on a daily basis,” she continued.
“I was cut off from the outside world and stripped of all my human rights.
“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. There was zero privacy — every time I would use the bathroom or take a shower — it was monitored.
“At 16 years old — as a child — I felt their piercing eyes staring at my naked body. I was just a kid and felt violated every single day.”
Provo Canyon has since been sued by multiple former students, although it is now under new management.
According to a statement released by the facility at the time of the documentary, they have vowed to not tolerate abuse of any kind…
“We do not condone or promote any form of abuse,” the statement read.
“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 know it can’t have been easy, but we’re proud of Paris for testifying in court.