Paris Hilton says the “cruel” and “painful” treatment she received after her sex tape leaked would not have happened today because of the #MeToo movement.
During an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment to promote her new YouTube Original documentary series, This Is Paris, the 39-year-old socialite shared her thoughts on experiencing being slut-shamed and insulted following her sex tape with her then-boyfriend Rick Salomon. The heiress says the bullying would have never happened today amid the #MeToo movement.
“One-hundred percent. The way I was treated was just so cruel and so painful,” she explained. “I’m thankful today that women can be respected for that and would not be treated like that. I wasn’t lucky in that situation with the way that people were, but at least there’s been change now.” She says the entire experience gave her thick skin. “I just don’t pay attention to negativity anymore,” she told the outlet. “I feel that I’ve been through hell and back. Like what more can people say at this point? I can’t base my happiness on other people’s opinions who are strangers who I don’t even know who are obviously not happy with their own lives.”
This news comes days after Hilton revealed that she was allegedly abused during her teen years while attending Utah’s Provo Canyon School. Hilton was sent there as the last straw by her parents for her rebellious behavior. The star claims that the abuse, which included bullying, physical, and mental abuse, happened over 11 months at the institution. Hilton was there from 1999 until she was 18, according to Fox News.