claims she is no longer plagued by nightmares
In an interview
for The Wall Street Journal
’s “My Monday Morning” series published this week, the 40-year-old entertainer opened up about her sleep
habits, which she claims have greatly improved since filming her documentary
, “This Is Paris.”
“I used to have very bad insomnia
,” Hilton admitted, “but ever since I did my documentary and have been doing all of my work
for my cause to help the children
, it’s been so healing that I no longer have nightmares.”
Hilton claimed in her YouTube
documentary, released last year, that she was verbally, mentally, and physically abused as a teenager while being forced to attend Provo Canyon School
Hilton claimed that everything that happened during her 11 months at the facility, including being forcibly removed from her home in the middle of the night by school officials, caused her insomnia and nightmares for decades.
“For the past 20 years, I have had a recurring nightmare in which I am kidnapped in the middle of the night by two strangers, strip-searched, and locked in a facility,” Hilton said earlier this year in testimony before a Utah state Senate
committee, according to the New York Daily News
“From the time I woke up until the time I went to bed, it was all day screaming
in my face, yelling at me, continuous torture,” she said, adding that the employees “were physically abusive, hitting and strangling us” in order to “instill fear.”
Hilton stated that she was not permitted to shower or use the restroom without being closely monitored.
“At 16 years old — as a child — I felt their piercing
eyes staring at my naked body
, and I felt violated every single day,” she said.
The Provo School, for its part, maintains that it has been under new ownership since 2000 and that it cannot comment on previous patient experiences. “We do not condone or promote any form of abuse,” the school’s CEO
told USA Today in a statement last year.
Hilton's parents sent her to the boarding school, but she doesn't hold them responsible for what happened there.
“When you send your child somewhere where you think they'll be safe and taken care of, and they're being abused... I just can't even imagine if that would've happened to my child,” the “Simple Life” alum told InStyle last year.
“That’s one of the main reasons I wanted to talk about it,” she added, “because if I don’t talk about it and speak up, this will continue to happen to other children.”
If you need assistance, call the National Domestic Violence
Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).