The entire Richards-Hilton clan was rocked by Paris Hilton’s 2004 sex tape scandal.
Kyle Richards, 51, revealed on Wednesday’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” that her entire family was “devastated” after the infamous video of her then 19-year-old niece having sex with ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon was leaked.
When Cohen, 52, asked the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star whether, at the time of its leak, she though the tape’s release would “catapult” or “ruin” Hilton’s career, Richards emphatically stated “ruin.”
“We were devastated,” she said. “It was horrible.”
Hilton, who is now 39 years old and dating Carter Reum, revealed in a 2014 interview how the release of “1 Night in Paris” in 2004 affected her.
“It was devastating because that [Salomon] was someone I was with for a few years,'” she said. “I don’t think I’ll ever be able to fully trust any man again after that. It was just the most hurtful and awful thing that anyone could do to a little girl. I was very young, it wasn’t my fault.”
Appearing in the 2018 documentary “The American Meme,” Hilton further elaborated on her personal experiences following the tape’s debut, stating that she “felt like everyone on the street was laughing at me,” and adding that “It was like being raped.”
“I was like, ‘I just don’t want to live’ because I thought everything was taken away from me,” she said. “Like, I didn’t want to be known as that. I would never be who I could have been.”