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The Paris Hilton Sex Tapes is a series of sex tapes (at least three) featuring the famous Paris Hilton. The first tape leaked to the internet became the most famous due its commercial release and availability. It is filmed with a night vision camera and showed Paris Hilton and her then-boyfriend Rick Salomon having sex.
Although the first video was filmed in 2001, it leaked online in late 2003 and subsequently started an international downloading and viewing spree among various online communities.
Online Origins & Spread
Rumors of the first tape’s existence begin surfacing by August of 2003. The other tapes remained unknown until after the first tape became a viral phenomenon.
In early November, an anonymous person threatened to release the first tape online. (November 5-6, 2003)
- Forums start to ask about the tape. (November 5-7, 2003)
- T-shirts sold at Parishiltonsextape.com (Web Archive)
- Referenced twice at Gawker.com:Article 1 & Article 2 (Web Archive) (Nov 6-7, 2003)
- According to NYnewsday, an Internet company called Marvad planned to sell the video online. (NSFW) (original NYnewsday article 404’d) (Nov 7 2003)
- One of the earliest online reviews (NSFW)
- The first video leaks online. (November 12, 2003)
- More Online Reviews.
- A second tape is leaked. Archive) (November 14, 2003)
- A flash movie at Newgrounds.com (November 17, 2003)
- A third tape is leaked (November 19, 2003)
- Around November 23, 2003, the video is “officially” sent to online newsrooms.
- Parody using a barbie doll. (NSFW) (Dec 1, 2003)
- The full-length version finally hits online. (Feb 13, 2004)
- In the Mix forums (Nov 12, 2003)
- Coming Soon Forums (Nov 14, 2003)
- Troll Kingdom (Dec 1, 2003)
- Animesuki (Dec 9, 2003)
As shown by Google Trends:
- Previously mentioned flash movie at Newgrounds.com (November 17, 2003)
- Flash Games (Paris Hilton Flash Game)
- YTMND’s (NSFW)
Fake Links / Bait & Switch
The video is also used often as a bait and switch, like in the following videos:
Paris Hilton Sex Tape (Again, fake)