Paris Hilton said she was put in solitary confinement naked, forced to take unidentified pills and subjected to beatings at a boarding school in Utah as she testified in support of legislation that would require more oversight of youth residential treatment centres.
The heiress, 39, broke down in tears as she addressed a Utah state senate committee and detailed her own “traumatising” experiences at the private Provo Canyon School, where she said she endured years of abuse as a teenager.
Hilton first made the claims of abuse in a documentary, “This is Paris”, which was released on YouTube in September.
Since then other celebrities’ offspring, including Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris, have spoken publicly about their experiences at similar institutions.
“For the past 20 years, I have had a recurring nightmare where I’m kidnapped in the middle of the night by two 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 told the committee on Monday.