The heartbreaking film saw Paris, now 42, open up about the abuse she endured in various treatment facilities she was sent to during her adolescent years, such as Provo Canyon School in Utah.
Not long after its release, Paris appeared before a judge in court and testified that she was “verbally, mentally, and physically abused on a daily basis” at Provo Canyon at the age of 16 as she urged Utah lawmakers to pass legislation requiring more regulation of the treatment facility.
Now, Paris is opening up about her traumatic childhood in further detail ahead of the release of her tell-all book, Paris: the Memoir.
Sitting down with Glamour UK this week, Paris revealed that a year before she was sent to Provo Canyon, she experienced two separate incidents of abuse — both at the age of 15.
Firstly, Paris recalled being groomed by a teacher — something that she said she’d “blocked” from her memory.
“I was just such a young girl and I got manipulated by my teacher,” she shared. “He took advantage of a young girl and that was something I blocked out as well, I didn’t remember it until years later.”
“He would call me on the phone all the time, just flirting with me, trying to put in my mind that I was this mature woman,” she said.
Paris went on to recall one night in particular where the teacher lured her into his car outside her family home and kissed her. However, after her parents approached the driveway, he started “freaking out.”
“We only kissed, but if my parents didn’t come, imagine what he would’ve tried to do?” she said. “We literally drove through Bel Air at like 100 miles an hour. We were going so fast and somehow we got away from them through a red light.”
“He was freaking out and drove me back home to Bel Air, where he was like, ‘Get out,’” she recalled.
Revealing that she felt “so ashamed” about the whole thing, Paris noted that she’s never spoken about the experience with anyone. “To this day, I’ve not talked about it with my family. I’ve never told anyone,” she said.
“I don’t know what it was, I just felt so ashamed by the whole situation,” she added. “Just from the beginning at such a young age and it really stuck with me in a weird way.”
Paris went on to reveal that after the incident, she was sent to live with her grandmother in Palm Springs — though would return to Los Angeles on the weekends to hang out with friends at Century City mall.
“We would go there almost every weekend,” she said. “That was our favorite thing to do and these [older] guys would always just be hanging around the stores ... we’d talk to them, give them our beeper [pager] numbers.”
Paris then recounted the day that the men invited her and her friends to their house, where they supplied them with alcohol.
“They invited us to their house and we’re drinking these berry wine coolers,” she recalled, adding that one guy in particular forcefully encouraged her to drink.
“I didn’t drink or anything back then, but then when I had maybe one or two sips, I just immediately started feeling dizzy and woozy. I don’t know what he put in there, I’m assuming it was a roofie [Rohypnol],” she said.
Paris said she then fell asleep for a few hours, though immediately knew something had happened when she woke up.
“I remembered it. I have visions of him on top of me, covering my mouth, being like, ‘You’re dreaming, you’re dreaming,’ and whispering that in my ear,” she shared.
And much like her experience being groomed by her teacher, Paris said that being raped made her feel ashamed, with the interviewer noting that she “retreated into herself” afterward.
Paris: the Memoir is set to detail the model’s life and childhood in further detail. You can preorder the book now, and it’s available to buy March 14.