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Seven years ago, a guy by the name of Rick Salomon released a sex tape -- titled One Night in Paris -- that he'd shot with his ex-girlfriend: heiress, socialite and party girl Paris Hilton. Hilton, who had no idea Salomon was releasing the tape, skyrocketed to infamy... and she's been a tabloid fixture ever since. On Tuesday, in a joint interview with her mom Kathy Hilton on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, Paris opened up about just how devastating that experience was.
"This was not just some random guy," Hilton said. "This was someone I was with for a few years." Her main reaction to the tape being made public was a feeling of "betrayal," she said. "I can't believe that he would do something like that to me. It's something that changed my life forever."
Ostensibly on Morgan's show to promote her reality show The World According to Paris (premiering tonight at 10 p.m. on Oxygen), Hilton described in excruciating detail the impact the sex tape scandal has had on her, as a visibly emotional Kathy Hilton sat beside her. "When I was a little girl," Paris said, "I looked up to these people like Princess Diana and these women, and I feel like he took that away from me. This is not what I planned. I didn't want to be known as that."
Known as what? Paris elaborated: "Now when people look at me they think I'm something I'm not just because of one incident one night with someone I was in love with. People assume, 'Oh she's a slut,' just because of one thing that happened to me. It's hard because I'll never... I'll have to live with that for the rest of my life and explain it to my children. It's something that has changed my life forever and I'll never be able to erase it."
While the sex tape debacle obviously did not stop Hilton in her tracks, and she continues to work, she feels that the unfair labels have followed her around ever since 2004. Though she's no stranger to scandal -- she's known as much for her wild weekends and run-ins with the law as her business and entertainment pursuits -- Hilton hopes that The World According to Paris will show the public another side of her personality. Yes, she lives a jet-setting, glamorous lifestyle -- but she also works hard, and keeps close contact with family and friends.
We think it stinks that an ex-boyfriend would release such a private video to the public in the hopes that he could cash in on what was actually an intimate relationship. It is a huge betrayal of trust. And we hope that this new reality show does give Hilton a chance to show the world what's really inside Paris. (Watch the interview below.)