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‘This is Paris’ reveals the truths about Hilton that no one knew

Paris Hilton, a 38-year-old actress, singer, and socialite,  outpoured everything about her private life in a recent documentary named, “This is Paris.”

What is This is Paris, on Youtube

In the documentary, released on her YouTube channel on 14 September, she relived disturbing memories of abuse and torture from her childhood at a Utah boarding school. 

Paris said;

this is paris paris hilton instagram post about her new documentary. It's Paris Hilton with her mouth taped shut holding up a sign that says Provo Canyon School with lines crossed through it
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“I feel like the whole world thinks they know me. No one really knows who I am. I am always putting on this facade, this happy, perfect life…. I don’t even know who I am sometimes.”

Previously, in a short debut of the documentary, launched in July, she appeared nervous and anxious while talking about her past. 

 “I’m nervous. I am shaking. It is hard even to eat because my stomach is just like, turning. I don’t know — it’s very personal and not something I like talking about,” said the American Meme star. 

Hilton shared she was brought up in Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Living in the city, it was not difficult for her “sneak out and go to clubs and parties,” despite her parents’ objections. This rebellious behavior of hers compelled her parents to send her to boarding school at the age of 17. 

“My parents were so strict that it made me want to rebel. They would [punish me] by taking away my cell phone, taking away my credit card, but it did not work. I would still go out on my own.” she said.

The last boarding school she went to was Provo Canyon School. There, Hilton said that she had spent the worst 11 months of her life. 

How bad Paris Hilton was treated at Provo

“It was supposed to be a school, but [classes] were not the focus at all.  From the moment I woke up until I went to bed, it was all day screaming in my face, yelling at me, continuous torture.”

“The staff would say terrible things,” she continued. “They were constantly making me feel bad about myself and bully me. I think it was their goal to break us down. And they were physically abusive, hitting and strangling us. They wanted to instill fear in the kids, so we’d be too scared to disobey them.”

In her latest interview after the release of ‘This is Paris,’  the American media start said she is receiving a torrent of emails from her supporters, including the ‘survivors’ of the same boarding school.

I’m getting just an outpouring of emails and people contacting me, survivors who have been at the same school, parents who, because they saw the trailer, have pulled their children out of there

Paris Hilton

How the public has responded to This is Paris

Paris also said that many people hesitate to share the bitter truths of their lives. Contrary to this notion, she feels prouder after all the love and support she has received. 

“People saying thank you so much for being so brave. I have not ever told anyone this either because I was just so traumatized or did not want to talk about it. Just the fact that it’s helping make a change makes it all worth it to me that I said my story and that I even went through this.”

Conclusion

Provo Canyon school officials responded to the assertions saying that,

“Originally opened in 1971, its previous owner sold Provo Canyon School in August 2000. We, therefore, cannot comment on the operations or patient experience before this time.”

New York Attorney General, Announces Body Camera Reform Following Daniel Prude’s Death

New York Attorney General, Letitia James, announces reforms concerning police-worn body cameras. 

The details of the reform

According to James, the reforms are introduced to ensure the quick release of the incidents’ video footage. She said that under the new regulations, the victims’ families would also be allowed to see the footage. This didn’t exist before, as only law enforcement agencies had the authority to see the video footage. 


The initiative is taken considering the delay in the release of the video footage of Prude’s death. Prude died in March. However, the video of the incident was released this month. James continued that she was outraged when she saw the footage of Prude’s death. After watching the video, she had no other choice than to support the Rochester community’s demand for change.

Daniel Prude, a 41-year old Black man, died in March after some police officers pressed his head with a bag. In the footage, Prude could be seen pressed against the ground with seven officers surrounding him. Because of the decreased Oxygen supply, Daniel fainted on the spot. He was taken to the hospital but couldn’t survive and died a week later.  

What the catalyst for the new reforms was

Monroe County medical examiner confirmed that Prude’s death was due to “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.”

According to James, remarkable progress has occurred in Prude’s case. All the police officers who were involved, including Rochester’s police chief, have been suspended. 

The Rochester City Council has also started the investigation of the case. The Council summoned all associated departments, including the Police department and Mayor office for “independent investigation into the internal communications, processes, and procedures that took place related to the death of Daniel Prude” and grants authority to “investigate all city departments including the right to review records and papers.”

The Council said that New York law firm Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel LLP, and Andrew G. Celli Jr would collaborate to ensure the thorough and just investigations.

“We’re going to go much deeper than the deputy mayor did, and we’re going to get to the bottom of this,” said Andrew G. Celli. 

Conclusion

According to the President of City Council, Loretta Scott, the team will investigate the case by gathering testimonies from witnesses. The team will explore the incident’s timeline by examining all emails, messages, and texts among different departments.

Amy Coney Barret – President Trump To Appoint A New Justice Of The Supreme Court

With Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s recent passing, the Supreme court has suddenly risen to the top issue. You have probably seen all the political pundits and PR agencies scrambling to put words on paper.

Introduction

When I wrote, the supreme court is suddenly an issue, that wasn’t to say the highest court in the land was ever a non-issue, but it is in a post-pandemic world. The courts are more subdued and inconsistent as ever. So how does Trump’s supreme court pick matter? More importantly, how does it have any immediate impact? Follow along, and hopefully, we can answer those questions.

Trump’s Supreme court pick

President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court Judge. Amy Barrett, a 48-year-old American lawyer, and jurist served as a Judge of the U.S Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit before her nomination.

Amy Coney Barrett revealed that President Trump offered her the nomination. She said that she was invited to the White House by President to discuss the matter. On Monday, September 21, she met Vice president Mike Pence at the White House, where President Trump offered her the nomination that she accepted.

Amy has been nominated to fill the vacancy created after supreme court judge Ginsburg’s death on September 18, 2020, just 46 days before the election. Ginsburg was appointed by Bill Clinton on June 14, 1993, under section 2 of the Constitution that authorizes the president the judicial appointments.

President Trump selected Amy for Supreme Court Associate Justice on September 26, 2020; however, she has been on Trump’s list since 2016, or we can say that she’s been Trump’s favorite because of her legal writings and suggestions that opposed Roe v. Wade.

What does Amy Coney Barret stand for

She has been supporting the abolition of  Roe v. Wade. Roe v. Wade, a landmark decision made by the U.S supreme court in 1973 that grants women freedom of abortion, defying the restrictions imposed, in this regard, by the state.


She opposed “abortion on demand.” saying that “we, the following citizens of Michiana, oppose abortion on demand and defend the right to life from fertilization to natural death.”

During Trump’s campaign in 2016, he frequently said he would appoint a justice who would overturn this decision. He also issued a list of judges that he would prefer to fill the Supreme Court vacancy during his government. These nominees included Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Britt Grant, Amul Thapar, and David Stras.

Previously, Trump said that he would shortlist the names for September 21 and declare the final name on 24 or 25 September. Finally, on September 26, Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee in a White House Rose Garden ceremony.

How much does Trump’s supreme court pick matter?

Besides the fact that one justice can’t sway the whole court, no self-respecting supreme court judge is going to walk on with obvious bias. There’s no doubt that they take themselves more seriously than that.

Plus, the courts have typically been pretty balanced as far as public policy goes. So no matter who Trump picks to replace Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the court will still retain some semblance of balance.

If there was a case that showed evidence of the Supreme Court being blatantly biased, we haven’t heard of it. More importantly, we want to listen to that argument.

A cautionary warning about the Supreme Court

It was a short time ago that conservatives were accusing a conservative Supreme Court judge of being a traitor. Case in point, Chief Justice Roberts is not as right-wing as people think.

Let’s take caution in terms of slapping a label on something. In the previous example, we showed a supreme court judge could be a hardcore conservative while also being a socialist sympathizer.

Conclusion

All in all, let’s not be held back by partisan disagreement. They hold us back in terms of positive change and in terms of solving problems. So ultimately, this story is destined to be a lesson in picking your battles. As neither side of the political spectrum can “stack” the courts. And that’s the real concern, isn’t it?

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