SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Paris Hilton returned to Salt Lake City on Tuesday for the signing of a bill signing ceremony for a law regulating treatment centers for troubled adolescents in Utah.
Legislation for facilities that treat adolescents with behavioral and mental health problems was finally approved by the Legislature in early March, about a month after Hilton gave a moving testimony in support of the proposed law. Governor Spencer Cox signed the bill last month, but hosted a signing ceremony with Hilton on Tuesday.
The new law will require more government oversight of residential youth treatment centers and documentation when they use restraints. It will also prohibit treatment centers from resorting to sedation or mechanical restraint without prior authorization.
Hilton testified that she was mentally and physically abused at a residential school in Utah, where she said staff members would beat her, force her to take unknown pills, watch her in the shower and send her to solitary confinement without clothing as a punishment.
The socialite and reality TV star also spoke about the abuse in a documentary called “This is Paris” which was released this fall.
Since the documentary’s release, other celebrities have spoken about their experiences at school and others like this, including Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris Jackson and tattoo artist Kat Von D.
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