'DATELINE' TO AIR NEVER-BEFORE-HEARD POLICE AUDIOTAPES OF PARIS HILTON DISCUSSING THE 2004 BURGLARY OF 'GIRLS GONE WILD' FOUNDER JOE FRANCIS
"Keith Morrison Reports in "The Paris Hilton Tapes" � Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8PM
Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 21, Previews of the Audiotapes will be Available Exclusively on Dateline.MSNBC.com
NEW YORK -- Sept. 20, 2006 -- In the winter of 2004, a bizarre crime story circulated among the boldfaced names in the Hollywood crowd: Joe Francis, the controversial creator of the "Girls Gone Wild," video series, had been robbed and forced to star in a raunchy video made at gunpoint. By year's end, the story included celebrity heiress Paris Hilton coming forward with valuable information about who may have been involved in the crime. And by the spring of 2006, when a Hollywood-wannabe with a dark past finally pled guilty in the case, the story didn't exactly end.
Now, in the upcoming report, "The Paris Hilton Tapes," airing on Sept. 23 (8:00 PM/ET), viewers will get a chance to listen to the never-before-heard audiotapes of law enforcement interviewing Paris Hilton as a witness, pressing her about what she knew or had been told about the crime. In addition, Hilton candidly discusses the theft of her and her sister's property in another incident, and reveals a blackmail scheme gone ignored. "Dateline's" Keith Morrison interviews Francis at length in his Bel Air home, the prosecutor involved in the case, and an ex-con turned Hollywood insider, Will Wright.
Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 21, extended portions of Hilton's audio statements to the police, not included in the broadcast, will also be available exclusively on Dateline.MSNBC.com.
Below are excerpts from the audiotapes, please courtesy "Dateline NBC":
RE: Hilton's relationship with Francis:
L.A. Prosecutor Hoon Chun: Somebody's describing you know taking a videotape -- a compromising videotape-- tying up an ex-boyfriend of yours�
Hilton: He's not my ex-boyfriend�
Chun: I'm sorry. It's someone you dated?�
RE: The information she initially shared with Francis after learning about it at a party:
Hilton: Like I really�I don't remember. I'm not like that smart. I like forget stuff all the time.
Detective Koman: Don't cut yourself short.
Hilton: But I don't remember. I don't remember.
RE: Hilton being blackmailed after her own notorious burglary in August 2004:
Chun: Anybody trying to blackmail you with regard to�those private tapes that were taken from your Hollywood Boulevard residence?
Hilton: They were asking for money, but nothing ever happened.
Chun: Who was asking you for money?
Hilton: Some guy on the phone. I don't know. He was talkin' to my girlfriend about. I never talked to anybody�
Koman: Okay, your girlfriend?
Hilton: They�wanted money. They were tryin' to sell it to like a newspaper or something.
Koman: Who was the guy?
Hilton: I don't know.
Koman: Who was your girlfriend?
Hilton: Um, she was like ...
Koman: Spell that name.
Hilton: I don't know how to spell it�I was in Miami shooting a movie and I just heard about it. They were like ...some guy's tryin' to sell like the tapes to like a magazine. So if you pay somebody, then you're gonna be paying for the rest of your life. My dad always taught me. They'll keep the tape anyway.
David Corvo is the executive producer of "Dateline NBC."