Kathy Hilton says she sees daughter Paris’ emotional documentary ‘Put Me in a Depression’

Kathy Hilton opens up about how her daughter Paris Hilton’s emotional YouTube Originals documentary, This is Paris, affected her.

During an appearance on SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen live On Wednesday, Kathy, 62, admitted that “it was true” that she had not originally seen Paris’ overriding documentary, which largely described her childhood traumas as a result of her boarding school experience.

However, following a request from her 40-year-old daughter, Kathy said she has since decided to watch the film.

“She said to me, ‘It’s very important to me, Mom, that you see this.’ “I had the party here for her when it came out. Outside, we made a big screen,” Kathy explained. “It was too much after just watching a lot of the little clips. You know, promos and trailers.”

“You can imagine I’m just figuring it out [about the abuse Paris endured]she continued. “And I’m not one of those people [who says], ‘Oh, this is about me’, because it’s not about me, but still it was really as destructive as I was told [about what happened]. “

Kathy remembered her experience watching the 2020 movie with Paris and said they “held each other’s hands” throughout the screening. Mother of three “could also see how important” it was for her to watch the documentary when she saw “how relieved and happy” Paris was.

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“But it put me in such a depression,” Kathy then admitted. “I mean, a lot of people understood that we’re trying to help our daughter. We were trying to save Paris … We were worried. She lived in New York. She snuck out and sometimes did not come home again. For three days, [she was] does not go to school. “

“So we put her on this boarding school, this one, this one,” she continued. “I thought, ‘[I] I have to keep her away from the city and all these predators and people who want her to model. ‘ She fled everywhere. “

Unsure of what to do at the time, Kathy and her husband, Rick Hilton, eventually sent Paris to Provo Canyon School in Utah. That Simple life alum accused the school of inflicting physical and emotional abuse on her and other students.

“We had been visiting. We had met with interns. It was handled extremely professionally,” Kathy explained to Andy Cohen. “It simply came to my notice then [documetary] came out, there are people that you and I both know who have had these problems or sent their child to school. And then finally they talked about it. You feel a little ashamed. “

When PEOPLE reached comments on the allegations at the time, the school responded: “Originally opened in 1971, Provo Canyon School was sold by its previous ownership in August 2000. We can therefore not comment on the surgeries or the patient’s experience before this time.”

In another and longer statement issued on September 17, 2020, following the release of the documentary, the school said that staff do not use “‘solitary confinement’ as a form of intervention” or prescribe “any medication or medication as a means of. discipline.”

“We do not tolerate or promote any kind of abuse,” the statement continued. “All alleged / suspected abuse is reported immediately to our state regulators, law enforcement and child protection services as needed. We are committed to providing high quality care to young people with special and often complex, emotional, behavioral and psychiatric needs.”

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IN This is Paris, called reality TV veteran Provo Canyon School “the worst of the worst.”

“You sit on a chair and stare at the wall all day long, getting yelled at or hit,” she said. “I felt that many of the people who worked there got rid of torturing children and seeing them naked.”

Paris has since used its voice to speak out against the Provo Canyon School. She testified in a Utah court in February, claiming she experienced “continuous torture” as a student.

“The staff wanted to say terrible things. They constantly made me feel bad about myself and bully me,” she said earlier. “I think it was their goal to break us down. And they were physically violent, beating and strangling us. They wanted to instill fear in the children, so we would be too scared to be disobedient.”

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The following month, Paris celebrated a major milestone with the adoption of a bill to reform home care for troubled teens.

“When I went to Provo Canyon School, I dreamed of making a difference,” she wrote on Instagram at the time. “The teenage version of me would be so incredibly proud to know that I achieved my goal of protecting young people who experience abuse in the name of treatment. Survivors, this is a BIG step towards systemic change!”

If you suspect child abuse, call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. All calls are free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.

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