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Rick Salomon has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Paris Hilton, her parents and publicist, for alleged slander and defamation of character. The lawsuit came after a three-year-old video of Paris Hilton, the 22-year-old great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton hotel chain, was sold on the Internet.
Salomon, the 33-year-old former boyfriend of Paris, claims a video that Paris willingly made with him while having sex in a hotel room, was stolen, copied and circulated by a former roommate, Donald Thrasher, who sold it to a Seattle-based porn internet company. Salomon accuses the Hilton family of retaliating by trying to portray him as a rapist, after they claimed the girl was incapacitated.He has filed a second suit for $10 million against Marvad Corporation, alleging they distributed the video with illegal rights, copyright infringement, and invasion of privacy. In turn, the company filed a federal lawsuit for more than $10 million against Thrasher claiming breach of contract. Allegations were made that Thrasher misled the company into believing he owned the rights to the video. Thrasher has made claims that Salomon agreed to sell the video for $50,000. Marty Singer, Salomon's lawyer, has denied the claims.
Despite the fact that Hilton's lawyers are threatening to file suit against anyone who tries to distribute the video, as well as those who own a copy of it, snippets of the video are streaming on the Internet. Paris denied there was a tape until it actually surfaced. Manhattan PR chief, Dan Klores, was hired by the Hilton family to bring some order to the case. Her November 20th appearance on David Letterman's "Late Show" was canceled after Klores ordered Paris to conceal herself from the media frenzy.
The heiress to the Hilton hotel fortune co-stars in the upcoming Fox's new reality TV series, "The Simple Life," with Nicole Richie, Lionel Richie's daughter. A two-part premiere airs December 2-3.