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Paris Hilton Says Launch of 2004 Intercourse Tape Gave Her PTSD

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Paris Hilton has announced that the leak of her 2004 sex video by ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon left her with long-term trauma and PTSD. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Hilton said the tape, released without Hilton’s approval and causing a media sensation, was “humiliating” and “something that will hurt me for the rest of my life.” She continued, “It’s always in the back of your mind. When it happened, people were so mean to me. The way I was talked about on nightly talk shows and in the media about watching things with my family was just heartbreaking. I would burst into tears every day, I didn’t want to leave my house, I felt like my life was over. “

Hilton continued, “It was a private experience between two people. You love someone, you trust someone and you let your trust be betrayed so that the whole world is watching and laughing … It hurt me even more when these people thought I did it on purpose – that killed me. “She added,” It still gives me post-traumatic stress disorder to talk about. ” After the tape leaked in 2004, Hilton publicly stated that she did not approve of the tape’s release. Salomon then sued Hilton for defamation, and Hilton countered Salomon for releasing the tape. They reached an out-of-court settlement in 2005.