For many years now, Paris Hilton has been scoffed at as a complete and total joke by... basically everyone.
She got famous for having intercourse on camera and then she got surpassed in the fame department by her ex-assistant (someone named Kim Kardashian) and then she tried to sing and act and it's just been like...
In a new YouTube documentary titled This Is Paris that will debut on September 14?
Hilton gets very serious about a very serious topic.
The entrepreneur and former reality reveals for the first time the terrible abuse she says she endured as a teenager while at a boarding school in Utah.
“I buried my truth for so long,” Hilton told People Magazine of the mental, emotional and physical pain she says she underwent while at Provo Canyon School in the late 1990s.
“But I’m proud of the strong woman I’ve become.
"People might assume everything in my life came easy to me, but I want to show the world who I truly am.”
Long before she starred on The Simple Life in 2003, Hilton lived in New York City’s famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
And she was admittedly out of control at the time.
"It was so easy to sneak out and go to clubs and parties," she says.
"My parents were so strict that it made me want to rebel. They'd [punish me] by taking away my cell phone, taking away my credit card, but it didn't work. I would still go out on my own."
In response to their daughter's rebellious ways, her parents sent Hilton (who was 17) to a variety of boarding schools -- and she eventually wound up at Provo Canyon School in Utah for 11 months.
"I knew it was going to be worse than anywhere else," Paris says.
"It was supposed to be a school, but [classes] were not the focus at all.
"From the moment I woke up until I went to bed, it was all day screaming in my face, yelling at me, continuous torture."
Continued Paris when discussing her past:
“The staff would say terrible things.
"They were constantly making me feel bad about myself and bully me. I think it was their goal to break us down. And they were physically abusive, hitting and strangling us.
"They wanted to instill fear in the kids so we’d be too scared to disobey them."
Paris isn't alone here with her allegations, either.
A trio of of Hilton’s former classmates also appear in the documentary, making similar allegations about Provo Canyon School... including that they were often force-fed medication and held down by restraints as punishment.
What the heck, right?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
“I was having panic attacks and crying every single day,” says Hilton. “I was just so miserable. I felt like a prisoner and I hated life.”
Paris says she was mostly "cut off" from her family, only speaking to them once every couple months; and getting screamed at by employees at the school any time she tried to bring up what was going on.
At last, when she turned 18 years old in 1999, Hilton left the school and headed back to New York, yet was petrified to speak a word of her experience to anyone.
“I was so grateful to be out of there, I didn’t even want to bring it up again,” she says. “It was just something I was ashamed of and I didn’t want to speak of it.”
Over two decades after this horrible experience, Hilton is ready to move on.
“It feels like my nightmare is over,” she tells People. “And I’m going to watch the movie with my parents — I think it will be good for us, but emotional too. There are no more secrets.”
She hopes to accomplish something meaningful by going public as well.
“I want these places shut down,” says Hilton. “I want them to be held accountable. And I want to be a voice for children and now adults everywhere who have had similar experiences.
"I want it to stop for good and I will do whatever I can to make it happen.”
When reached by People for a response to the allegations, the school replied:
“Originally opened in 1971, Provo Canyon School was sold by its previous ownership in August 2000.
"We therefore cannot comment on the operations or patient experience prior to this time."