Paris Hilton has defended Britney Spears over the comments she made about her in court.
During a landmark hearing on June 23, Britney spoke to Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny about her conservatorship, which was established in 2008 after she suffered an alleged breakdown.
The singer described her conservatorship as “abusive”, and claimed the reason she hadn’t opened up about it before was because she “didn’t think anyone would believe her”.
Referring to Paris’ claims that she was “abused on a daily basis” while in boarding school, Britney said: “The Paris Hilton story on what they did to her at that school. I didn’t believe any of that either – I’m sorry. I’m an outsider.”
“And maybe I’m wrong, and that’s why I didn’t want to say any of this to anybody to the public. People would make fun of me or laugh at me and say, ‘She’s lying, she’s got everything, she’s Britney Spears.’ I’m not lying. I just want my life back. And it’s been 13 years. And it’s enough.”
Addressing Britney’s comments on her This Is Paris podcast, the hotel heiress said: “I know that she didn’t mean it in that way.”
“She meant when she saw it, she couldn’t even believe it. What she said was, people hear that, ‘It’s Britney Spears, it’s Paris Hilton. They have these perfect lives. Who is gonna believe? I didn’t even believe Paris, who’s gonna believe me?'”
“I think it was just a misunderstanding on the media’s part,” she added.
Paris admitted Britney’s testimony was “hard to hear”, and said “it broke her heart”.
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Sharing a clip from her podcast to Instagram, Paris wrote: “I will always support and love Britney. She is so kind and sweet, and she deserves her freedom.”
“I’ve been saying #FreeBritney for a long time, and I will keep saying it until she is free. ❤️ We all need to use our voices to protect victims of abuse. She is so incredibly brave and an inspiration for speaking her truth.”
“I know personally how hard it is to come forward to tell your story, and so I hope Britney knows that she is so loved and supported by the world right now. ❤️👑 #FreeBritney.”
Read Britney’s full testimony here.
Britney was placed under a conservatorship back in 2008 after she suffered an alleged breakdown.
A conservatorship is granted to those who are incapable of making decisions, such as people with mental disabilities.
The arrangement put her estate, financial assets, and some personal assets under the control of her father Jamie Spears, and lawyer Andrew Wallet – who resigned from the role early last year.
The 39-year-old’s conservatorship has been under review since 2019 after she accused her father of forcing her to enter a mental health facility.