Hilton sues Web site displaying her property
EmptyParis Hilton has sued to shut down a Web site that displays her diaries, photos and other personal property in what lawyers for the celebrity heiress call "one of the most reprehensible invasions of privacy ever committed."
Hilton's lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Los Angeles on Monday, says her belongings were taken from storage after a moving company failed to pay the bill and pictures of them exhibited on the Internet to anyone paying a $39.97 fee to the Web site ParisExposed.com.
"This action seeks to enjoin perhaps one of the most single egregious and reprehensible invasions of privacy ever committed against an individual," Hilton's attorneys wrote in the lawsuit, which claims copyright infringement, invasion of privacy and violation of her right to publicity.
According to the lawsuit, the items were put in storage two years ago by Hilton, 25, when she and her 23-year-old sister, Nicky, moved out of their Los Angeles home, and that they arranged for a moving company to handle the rent.
When the moving company neglected to pay the bills, the lawsuit says, the contents of Hilton's storage locker were sold for $2,775 to defendants Nabil and Nabila Haniss. They, in turn, sold Hilton's belongings to Bardia Persa for $10 million, who displayed them on a Web site called ParisExposed.com.
"I was appalled to learn that people are exploiting my and my sisters' private personal belongings for commercial gain," Hilton, star of the reality TV series "The Simple Life," said in a declaration attached to the lawsuit.
Representatives for the defendants could not be reached for comment. The Web site was still operating on Tuesday.