Heiress Sued Over Sex Tape

    Paris Hilton’s ex-boyfriend filed a $10 million slander lawsuit against the hotel heiress and reality TV star with whom he made a sex video three years ago.

    Richard Salomon maintains in the suit that Hilton was an “active participant” in making the video but she and her family have waged a “cold, calculated and malicious campaign to portray Salomon as a rapist” to protect her image.

    The suit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, names Hilton, her parents and a publicist, Siri Garber.

    Messages left for Garber Thursday evening were not immediately returned.

    Hilton’s lawyers are threatening legal action against anyone who distributes the tape or fails to destroy their copy of it, but purported snippets have been offered on eBay.

    Hilton family representatives have said they are trying to determine whether Salomon, 33, was involved in releasing the tape, which he denies.

    Salomon’s lawyer, Martin Singer, has said a friend of his client stole the tape.

    Salomon, the estranged husband of “Charmed” actress Shannen Doherty, contends in the lawsuit that the defendants “implied to the press” that Hilton was incapacitated and was therefore sexually assaulted during the 27-minute video.

    In the suit, Salomon states that the Hilton “posed and preened” during the video, said “hi” to the camera and stops to answer her cell phone.

    Hilton, who was 19 when the tape was made, is soon to star in Fox’s new reality series, “The Simple Life,” set to debut Dec. 2. In the show, she leaves the urban social scene to live in a rural, working-class environment.

    Posted: November 14th, 2003
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    Lawyers for Paris Hilton seek to halt sex video

    Paris Hilton is steaming mad over a steamy sex video that may soon go public, her spokeswoman said.

    The homemade video reportedly features the socialite, reality show star and heiress to the Hilton hotel fortune having sex with Rick Solomon, who went on to marry former “Charmed” actress Shannen Doherty in 2002.

    Although Hilton knew the video was being made, her representatives said, leaking the video was “horrendous and in such bad taste.”

    “It’s very obvious that whoever did this is doing it to hurt her,” Hilton’s spokeswoman, Siri Garber, told The Associated Press on Thursday. “The Hilton family lawyers are getting involved as of now.”

    The recording was made three years ago while Solomon and Hilton, then 19, were dating, Garber said.

    “It was for themselves,” Garber added. “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.”

    Hilton is one of the stars of Fox’s new reality series “The Simple Life,” set to debut Dec. 2, in which the pampered party girl leaves the urban social scene to live in a rural, working-class environment.

    The video has reportedly been distributed to some gossip columnists by an unidentified person, and a Seattle-based porn site operator who possesses the tape told Us Weekly magazine he plans to post it on the Internet.

    Hilton’s lawyers are threatening legal action against anyone who distributes the tape or fails to destroy their copy of it. They are also trying to determine whether Solomon, 33, was involved in releasing the tape.

    A number for Solomon’s business – a clothing and DVD company that distributes amateur party videos of scantily clad women – had been disconnected and he could not be reached for comment.

    Solomon has reportedly split with Doherty but the status of their relationship was unclear. Doherty’s representatives did not immediately return a call.

    Posted: November 6th, 2003
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