Who? Socialite, heiress, reality TV star.
Probably the most famous celebrity sex tape ever, rivalled only by Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee.
Paris Hilton dated Rick Salomon in 2000 when Hilton. In fall of 2003, just before Hilton’s reality show The Simple Life was set to debut, rumors circulated about Salomon trying to sell their sex tape footage. In November 2003 the rumors ramped up, footage started to leak online, and the internet went completely insane.
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Around November 5, porn company Marvad announced to sell the Paris Hilton sex tape at SexBrat.com. Hilton’s publicist denounced the imminent release: “This tape was never intended to be viewed by the public and it is in poor taste that someone has decided to release it. . . . Not everybody indulges in that, but couples do it sometimes and it’s just for themselves, for fun. She never intended for it to be seen by anybody other than the two of them.”
Meanwhile a fake tape labeled parishilton2.mpg circulated on KaZaa. This turned out be a clip of pornstar Krystal Steal from Up & Cummers #98.
On Monday, November 10, someone sent a legitimate three-minute trailer around to various sex bloggers. The anonymous and anonymized emailer stated, “Eat it up. Rick doesn’t want the pornsites to make any money off this.” Brand new sex blog Fleshbot wrote, “The video is shot in what looks like military night vision, reminding us spookily of all that footage from the first Gulf War.” Daze Reader wrote, “The best part is when Paris’s cellphone rings, and she bounds off the bed to answer it and Rick yells, ‘fuck your phone!’”
E! reported, “Despite threats of legal action by her parents, links to bootleg copies of the vixen’s steamy sex tape sprouted like fungus all over the fertile ground of the World Wide Web Tuesday.” But not everything labeled “Paris Hilton sex tape” was legit: “a search for ‘Paris Hilton Sex Tape’ on the file-sharing site KaZaa leads to clips of everything from large naked women doing provocative dances to a monkey drinking his own urine.”
Lawsuits started flying around. Marvad/SexBrat sued the guy who sold them the tape, Donald Thrasher, for supposedly misrepresenting himself as Salomon’s broker, hilariously concluding, “It is SexBrat.com’s belief that there are two victims in this matter: SexBrat.com and Paris Hilton.” Salomon sued Thrasher and Marvad. Salomon also sued Hilton and her publicist for claiming that Hilton was underage when the tape was shot (she was 19) and that she was an incapacitated and unwilling participant in the filming. (I honestly don’t know how any of these lawsuits ended up, sorry.)
Marvad eventually did sell the Paris Hilton sex tape for a while. Salomon later sold the rights to Red Light District Video, which released it on DVD under the title 1 Night in Paris. Hilton sued Salomon and won a share of the tape’s proceeds, which she later claimed she never received. 1 Night in Paris has since become one of the top-selling porn videos of all time.