Paris Hilton is having a second thought over previously defending Donald Trump after she was criticized over her remarks on social media.
In a interview with Marie Claire‘s Irin Carmon, carried out in Mexico last November after the 2016 U.S. election and published in the magazine’s September 2017 issue, the Paris Hilton says women who alleged that the president sexually assaulted them “are just trying to get attention and get fame.”
In her interview with Marie Claire, Hilton had said, in response to the allegations, “I think that they are just trying to get attention and get fame. I feel like, a lot of people, when something happens all these opportunists will come out. They want to get money or get paid to not say anything or get a settlement when nothing really happened. So I don’t believe any of that.”
“And I’m sure that they were trying to be with him too,” she added. “Because a lot of women, I’ve seen, like him because he’s wealthy and he’s charming and good-looking so I feel like a lot of these girls just made the story up. I didn’t really pay attention to it. I heard a couple things about it. I don’t believe it.”
About a dozen women have accused Trump of making unwanted sexual advances towards them. He has denied the allegations and has not been charged with a crime.
Following an online backlash, Hilton, a family friend of Trumps, told Us Weekly in comments posted Wednesday, “I want to apologize for my comments from an interview I did last year. They were part of a much larger story and I am regretful that they were not delivered in the way I had intended.”
“I was speaking about my own experiences in life and the role of media and fame in our society and it was never my intention for my comments to be misapplied almost a year later,” she said. “I always believe in helping women have their voices heard and helping create an environment where women feel empowered and believe in themselves. I am deeply hurt by how this has played out and also deeply sorry. Moving forward I will continue to do what I can to be an advocate for girls and women with the hopes of providing a louder voice for those who may desperately need it.”