Paris Hilton has addressed her Provo Canyon School past in the new documentary This is Paris and fans are shocked. Let’s look into it.

Throughout the 2000s, Paris Hilton was known for a variety of reasons.

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She was often in the media spotlight for her work as a businesswoman, socialite, singer, model, actress and even DJ.

Her 2004 book – Confessions of an Heiress – went on to become a New York Times Best Seller, she starred in such films as 2006’s House of Wax, and her reality TV series The Simple Life aired between 2003 and 2007.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg and there’s simply no underestimating the sheer force of Paris’s career and presence.

Arguably, the 39-year-old has been less present in the media spotlight in recent years. However, fans are currently celebrating the release of the YouTube documentary This Is Paris, which invites audiences to see a side of the celebrity rarely revealed.

It’s an honest, piercing and moving piece of work which fans – along with previous detractors – have wholeheartedly praised.

Of the subjects approached within the film, abuse is one which audiences have found particularly devastating.

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Paris Hilton: Provo Canyon School explained

  • Provo Canyon School is a residential treatment centre that has two campuses in Utah, United States. Aimed at helping troubled teenagers, it’s a subsidiary of the company Universal Health Services, Inc.

The girls’ campus is situated in Springville, whereas the boys’ is in Provo.

As highlighted by the Los Angeles Times, Paris Hilton has revealed that at the age of 17 she was woken in the night and taken by representatives of Provo Canyon School as she sobbed.

As a resident there for eleven months, the source notes that Paris was prescribed pills which made her feel “tired and numb”, while stating that she was also beaten by staff and put into solitary confinement for an entire twenty hours.

Paris claims that her phone calls were monitored, which is why she was apparently unable to tell her parents about what was going on.

Although it is addressed in the documentary, Paris has talked about her experiences there before, in an interview with People Magazine:

“From the moment I woke up until I went to bed, it was all day screaming in my face, yelling at me, continuous torture. The staff would say terrible things. They were constantly making me feel bad about myself and bully me. I think it was their goal to break us down.”

She added: “And they were physically abusive, hitting and strangling us. They wanted to instil fear in the kids so we’d be too scared to disobey them.”

More stories surface after This is Paris

Other previous residents of the Provo Canyon School have also come forward about their alleged experiences.

As addressed by the Daily Mail, former student Lee Goldman (33) alleged she was sodomised by a therapist at the school and says she attempted to sue but the case was dismissed.

In conversation with Fox News, Goldman said: “I did experience some of the same abuse. I didn’t experience strangling but I did experience manhandling. The school recorded that they had five or six staff members restrain me at once. I’m all of 100 pounds.”

Similarly, the Daily Mail writes that another former student, Jen Robison (31) allegedly remembers witnessing a pupil who was “shoved into the ground” while “staff rubbed her face into the carpet until her entire face was covered in burns.”

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Paris Hilton championed on Twitter

A number of people have headed over to Twitter to offer their thoughts on This is Paris while praising Hilton for her bravery.

Check out a selection of tweets:

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