Paris Hilton is talking about a scary period in her life.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, the 41-year-old TV star talked about the alleged abuse she went through when she was a teen at the Provo Canyon School in Utah. Along with the article, Hilton also talked about the details of her experience in a series of tweets.
“At Provo Canyon School, male staff members woke me up in the middle of the night, led me to a private room, and gave me a cervical exam in the middle of the night,” she wrote on Twitter on October 11. “I didn’t know what was going on because I wasn’t getting enough sleep and I was on a lot of medicine. I had to lie down on a padded table, spread my legs out, and let my cervical spine be checked.”
“They held me down and said ‘No!’ while I cried,” she said. “They just told him to be quiet. Be quiet. Stop trying so hard or you’ll end up in Obs.'”
Hilton also said that she doesn’t think the abuse she says she suffered was a one-time thing.
She added, “This was a recurring experience for both myself and other survivors.” “I am crying as I type this because no one, especially a child, should be subjected to sexual abuse. My childhood was robbed from me, and it sickens me that this continues to occur to other innocent children.”
The “Simple Life” alum emphasized the significance of sharing her story to others, stating, “It’s vital that I share these traumatic experiences so I can heal and help put an end to this abuse. Watch the @NYTimes video that shares my story and deeply disturbing information about Universal Health Services, the owners of Provo Canyon School.”
E! News has attempted to contact Universal Health Services for comment but has not yet received a response. The Provo Canyon School stated in a statement provided to E! News that the boarding school “was sold by its previous owners in August of 2000.”
“What we can say is that the school provides a structured environment for teaching life skills, providing behavioral health therapy, and continuing education to youth with pre-existing and complex emotional, behavioral, and psychiatric needs,” read the statement. In many cases, these youth have a history of engaging in dangerous behaviors such as self-harming and/or suicide attempts, physical violence and/or aggression toward others, and illicit substance use.
The school added, “While we recognize there have been some individuals over the years who believe they were not helped by the program, we are heartened by the many stories former residents have shared about how their stay was a turning point in their lives, in many cases saving them.”