Kat Von D is speaking out about the alleged abuse she endured at Provo Canyon School as a result of the #BreakingCodeSilence movement sparked by Paris Hilton’s documentary, “This Is Paris.”
“Watching [Hilton] talk about some of her past trauma going to this school that her parents sent her as a teenager — I don’t like to call them schools because they’re not schools, they’re f—king lockdown facilities,” Von D, 38, said in an Instagram video on Monday. “It just triggered so much s—t for me because it turns out I went to the same school.”
The famed tattoo artist said her parents sent her to the Utah boarding school at age 15 for what became the “most traumatic six months of my life.”
She said her parents had been “terrified” that she was “going down the wrong path” due to her interest in tattoos, so they “basically signed away my rights” for this program geared towards “troubled teens.”
The “LA Ink” star recognized that her parents had “wildly misguided,” and throughout the video did not appear to place any blame on them.
Von D said when she arrived at Provo Canyon, she was “blindfolded” so she “couldn’t see where we were going.”
“Once we got there, they did a strip-search, which was completely degrading,” she said. “I was 15 years old. I was still a f—king kid.”
A few days later, a counselor allegedly told her that the young teen had contracted HIV and she was “sure” that it was from tattooing.
“This was just a scare tactic to try and get me to stop tattooing,” Von D said. “I know this sounds crazy and obviously extremely illegal because it should be.”
The reality star said the trauma she experienced led her to have substance abuse issues.
“I realized that was kind of the root to my drinking and later on doing drugs,” she said. “I’m sober 13 years now, and I’m so proud of that and so grateful for that, but after watching that documentary, I realized that I still have some stuff to work through.”
Von D added in her caption that her experience also led her to have “major PTSD and other traumas due to the unregulated, unethical and abusive protocols of this ‘school.’”
She and Hilton, 39, are calling for the closure of Provo Canyon and other schools that are similarly run.
The hotel heiress reposted Von D’s video and thanked her for “being so courageous, open and honest” in telling her story.
“In tears watching and listening to what you went through. 💔😢,” Hilton said. “Bringing back even more of the horrible memories I have blocked out for so many years. I can relate to you in so many ways.”
She added, “Like you, I have always felt so ashamed to tell anyone about this. But it’s not us who should be ashamed. We were only children.”
According to People magazine, Hilton claimed in the documentary that when she refused to take unidentified pills given to her at the school, the star would allegedly be thrown into solitary confinement for hours on end without clothing.
A Change.org petition advocating for Provo Canyon to be shut down has more than 100,000 signatures.