Paris Hilton Testifies In Court About Awful Abuse She Suffered | 22 Words

Paris Hilton has been in the limelight for a very long time, but now, is refusing to live in a shadow that has been cast over her life from a young age.

The star recently delivered a testimony in court about the horrific abuse she suffered as a teen, and is taking a stand for anyone who has been a victim.

Paris Hilton... the original influencer.

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Paris, who is now thirty-nine, is perhaps the person to thank for the generation of social media influencers and she has been a fashion icon for years now.

But she has recently come out with some shocking allegations...

Hilton delivered an emotional testimony at a Utah court about the abuse she allegedly suffered at boarding school.

And it's harrowing...

First, let's take a look at the Paris we all know and love...

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Well, let's rewind to the late '90s when Paris was just nineteen-years-old.

Paris already came from a prestigious family...

As everyone knows by her name, her great grandfather founded the Hilton hotel chain, meaning her family were considerably wealthy.

From a young age, Paris had a very esteemed socialite...

And signing with Donald Trump's modeling agency, T Management, gave her the exposure that she wanted and needed.

After a few years of modeling...

Paris' big breakthrough came in 2003 when she co-starred in the reality series The Simple Life with co-socialite Nicole Richie.

The high-maintenance pair lived with a couple who lived in a rural community in Arkansas...

And their dim yet hilarious outlook on life built the show a huge fan base.

Did you know that Paris has had her signature line, "That's Hot," trademarked?

Yep, it is officially hers.

And after an intimate video was released of Paris online...

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The show became a global success, plunging the young woman even more into the limelight.

Fans just seemed to love everything about the glamourous socialite...

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And even when The Simple Life came to an end in 2006 after Paris and Nicole very publically fell out, she continued to rise to fame.

Paris went on to appear in a number of low-budget comedy movies...

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But she never starred in anything big enough to define her as a serious actress.

Not to mention her stabs in the music industry!

She has released 1 album and she has worked as a DJ at big events over the years.

Her social life seemed to be her full-time profession...

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And Paris would spend the majority of her time in Beverly Hills with A-listers and millionaires... living her best life pretty much!

Many people hail Paris Hilton as the person to "create" Kim Kardashian...

Kim actually worked as Paris' closet organizer for a few years, and when Paris publically fell out with Nicole Richie, Kim stepped in as her temporary "BFF."

Kim most certainly wouldn't be as famous as she is today if it wasn't for being friends with Paris...

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And even though the women have had their ups and downs, Kim will be the first to admit this fact.

On an episode of KUWTK last year, Kim said, "I really would wanna do anything for her... She literally gave me a career, and I totally acknowledge that."

So... what is Paris doing now?

When she isn't posing glamorous snaps on Instagram, she continues to model and work as a media personality and businesswoman from her multi-million dollar home in California.

We literally cannot imagine Paris not living her multi-million dollar life...

But there is a tragic backstory to the woman we see today...

​Hilton appeared before the Utah State Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee on Monday... 

Alledging that children were "restrained, hit, thrown into walls, strangled, and sexually abused regularly at Provo," and to create a bill that would regulate boarding schools like her own.

Per the Metro, Hilton said:

"My name is Paris Hilton, I am an institutional abuse survivor and I speak today on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of children currently in residential care facilities across the United States.

"For the past twenty years, I have had a recurring nightmare where I'm kidnapped in the middle of the night by 2 strangers, strip-searched, and locked in a facility. I wish I could tell you that this haunting nightmare was just a dream, but it is not."

She went on to explain that she was also forced to take medication without reason...

She further claimed: "I was verbally, mentally and physically abused on a daily basis. I was cut off from the outside world and stripped of all my human rights.

"Without a diagnosis, I was forced to consume medication that made me feel numb and exhausted. I didn't breathe fresh air or see the sunlight for 11 months.

"There was zero privacy - every time I would use the bathroom or take a shower - it was monitored. At 16 years old - as a child - I felt their piercing eyes staring at my naked body. I was just a kid and felt violated every single day."

She requested that Utah courts and the president make sure schools like Provo receive closer monitoring.

She said: "I tell my story not so that anyone feels bad for me, but to shine a light on the reality of what happened then and is still happening now. The people who work at, run, and fund these programs should be ashamed of themselves. How can people live with themselves knowing this abuse is happening?

"Talking about something so personal was and is still terrifying. And I cannot go to sleep at night knowing that there are children that are enduring the same abuse that I and so many others went through. Neither should you. I am proof that money doesn't protect against abuse."

Hilton initially made her allegations in her documentary, This is Paris, where she revealed her time at the school left her with "insomnia, anxiety, and trust issues."

She has since held a rally for other abuse survivors and launched a website to allow them to speak out.

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