Paris Hilton Reveals That She Was Coerced Into Making A Sex Tape: "I Had To Drink Myself Silly"

Heiress Paris Hilton revealed in her memoir that she felt pressured into making a sex tape when she was just 19 years old even though she wasn't really interested in having sex at all.

By Gina Florio2 min read
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In 2021, Paris Hilton, known as the eternal party girl in Hollywood, married Carter Reum, founder of angel investment firm M13 Ventures. In January 2023, they welcomed a baby boy into the world via surrogate and announced his arrival on Instagram. Over the last few years, Paris has become more and more open about her past struggles, particularly how she was sexually abused in a "troubled teen" facility when she was only 17 years old. But in her new memoir Paris: The Memoir, she reveals that she was also coerced into making a sex tape with someone who she left unnamed. An excerpt of the book was published in the Sunday Times detailing her experience.

Paris Hilton Reveals That She Was Coerced into Making a Sex Tape: "I Had To Drink Myself Silly"

In 2004, a sex tape of Paris Hilton, now 42, and then-boyfriend Rick Salomon was released online, and later Rick sold a longer version of the tape to make money for himself. Paris has said for a long time that the experience humiliated her, and she considers it “something that will hurt me for the rest of my life.” She said no matter how much she tries to move on, "it's always there in the back of my mind." People were cruel to her after it was released, and it was "heartbreaking" to see how people were talking about her and her family.

Paris decided to open up even more about the experience in her memoir, which was released on March 14. She writes about the privilege she grew up with and what it was like being an It Girl in American culture. She even revealed that she had an "inappropriate" relationship with a teacher in 8th grade at Catholic school because he made her "feel noticed."

"He made me feel noticed in an important, grown-up way," Hilton writes. "He flattered and teased me and said that all the other girls were talking about me behind my back because they were jealous." He allegedly told her that he had a crush on her. When Paris wrote about the sex tape experience, she didn't refer to her ex-boyfriend by name; she only called him "Scum."

"I don’t remember that much about the night he wanted to make a videotape while we made love," Hilton writes. She had to medicate herself to bring herself to do it. “I had to drink myself silly. Quaaludes helped," she says.

"He had often said it was something he did with other women, but I felt weird and uncomfortable about it. I always told him, ‘I can’t. It’s too embarrassing,’" Paris writes. Even though she didn't trust him, she felt pressured into making the sex tape, and he managed to convince her that "no one else would ever see it." He also threatened that if she didn't make the sex tape with him, he would find someone willing to do it. "That was the worst thing I could think of – to be dumped by this grown man because I was a stupid kid who didn’t know how to play grown-up games," she writes.

Paris shared that she "hated the idea of sex" and that she wasn't even feeling like she wanted to have intercourse with him. The clip that was blasted across the internet was only 37 seconds long, but it altered her life forever.

"I felt like my life was over, and in many ways it was. Certainly, the career I had envisioned was no longer possible," Hilton writes. "Everything I wanted my brand to be, the trust and respect I was trying to rebuild with my parents, the sliver of self-worth I’d been able to recover – all that was instantly in ruins."

Her mother was devastated and "crumpled into bed and stayed there." Her father tried to run damage control and make all sorts of calls to help Paris fix what had happened. Her brothers were old enough to understand the implications of it, and "they were so weirded out" they could barely look at her.

She has since moved on and built something different for herself in life, but she writes that the experience scarred her for a long time and ruined her self-confidence for some time.