Paris Hilton traumatised by sex tape

Paris Hilton says she was humiliated and depressed after her former boyfriend, Rick Salomon, released a tape of the two of them having sex in 2003.
Paris Hilton says she was humiliated and depressed after her former boyfriend, Rick Salomon, released a tape of the two of them having sex in 2003.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES •Paris Hilton did not dare leave her house for months after a sex tape of her was released.

She was traumatised after her former boyfriend, Rick Salomon, released a tape of the two of them having sex in 2003.

"It's really hurtful because, my whole life, I really looked up to Princess Diana, all these elegant, amazing women and I feel like (that tape) just took that all away from me," the former socialite told Marie Claire magazine.

"I could have been like that, but because of that tape, I will always be judged and thought of as whatever they say about me because of a private moment between my boyfriend and me.

"That is actually the one regret in my life. I wish that I had never met that guy. I was so depressed, humiliated. I didn't want to be seen in public," Hilton, 36, said.

She was 18 when the tape was made. Salomon reportedly netted US$10 million from the venture.

Hilton, who now oversees a thriving portfolio of products from perfumes to clothing, said: "That's one thing that really pisses me off when I hear it, because I never, ever received one dollar from that video."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 21, 2017, with the headline 'Paris Hilton traumatised by sex tape'. Print Edition | Subscribe