Paris Hilton Says She Was Given Nonconsensual 'Cervical Exams' At Utah Boarding School
In an interview with the New York Times, the 41-year-old detailed the abuse she faced at Provo Canyon School in 1997.
Paris Hilton is speaking out about a boarding school in Utah where she said she was sexually abused.
In an interview with the New York Times, the socialite alleged a male staff member, at the Provo Canyon School, a behavioral-health center” for “troubled teens,” took her and other female students into a room “very late at night” and digitally penetrated them under the guise of performing cervical exams.
“This wasn’t even a doctor,” Hilton, 41, said in the interview. “It was with a couple different staff members where they would lay us on the table and put their fingers inside of us. I don’t even know what they were doing, but it was definitely not a doctor, and it was really scary.”
Hilton’s parents forced her to attend Provo for 11 months, in 1997, when she was 17, according to The Cut.
"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," Hilton told the Times. "And now, looking back as an adult, that was definitely sexual abuse."
According to reporting by the Times, government reports and lawsuits by former patients detail decades of alleged abuse by staff at Provo. The Times also obtained security camera footage that shows the alleged abuse.
Beyond the interview, in a series of tweets, Hilton went into more detail.
"Sleep-deprived & heavily medicated, I didn't understand what was happening," Hilton wrote of the alleged sexual abuse on Twitter. "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.'"
"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," Hilton continued. "My childhood was stolen from me & it kills me this is still happening to other innocent children. It's important to open up about these painful moments so I can heal & help put an end to this abuse."
Entertainment Weekly reached out to the Provo Canyon School for a comment and a representative replied, sharing a media statement on its website that reads: "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."
Provo isn’t the only school for troubled teenagers with a history of abuse allegations. In 2021, husband-and-wife proprietors of Circle of Hope Girls’ Ranch and Boarding School in rural Missouri faced 102 charges after women began speaking out on TikTok and claiming they suffered horrific abuse at the hands of the couple.