Paris Hilton has recalled the emotional turmoil she endured following the leak of her sex tape back in 2004 in upcoming documentary The American Meme, and said it made her ‘want to die’ during particularly bleak moments.

The 37-year-old socialite and businesswoman features in Bert Marcus’ film – during which she ruminates about the impact she’s had on today’s social media stars – and later recounts the horror she felt after her intimate tape surfaced online.

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When clips of the video – titled 1 Night in Paris – were distributed through Vivid Entertainment and broadcast on numerous late night TV shows, Hilton amounted the experience to “being raped”.

In the film The American Meme, the star says (via The Hollywood Reporter): “It was like being raped. It felt like I’ve lost part of my soul and been talked about in such cruel and mean ways.

“I literally wanted to die at some points. I was like, ‘I just don’t want to live.'”

She continued: “Because I thought everything was taken away from me. I didn’t want to be known as that. I would never be who I could have been.”

Meanwhile, filmmaker Marcus told the publication: “She [Hilton] didn’t shy away from anything.

“Paris was brave enough to tell her truth. In the first conversation we had about the film, she told me, ‘I don’t give a shit anymore.’

“I want to do something that is real, that has impact,” he said. “Young people live in the now and you want to be relevant and have your name out there.

“People don’t really think about the long-term repercussions, which is why Paris is sharing moments from her earlier life, where she made mistakes or trusted people she shouldn’t have that took advantage of her. There is so much to be learned from Paris Hilton.”

The film’s purpose is to “expose the cost, including exhaustion, depression, and the inevitable backlash each has experienced from the media and from fans, that comes when these influencers attempt to turn their followings into empires”.

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