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Paris Hilton Sues Web Site Dispalying Her Property

Reuters News Wire (
Tue, 30 Jan 2007 16:04:06 -0600

Paris 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

"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 .

"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.

Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited.

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