Paris Hilton is backpedaling on her comments that the women who claim President Donald Trump groped and molested them are opportunists.
Hilton released a statement expressing remorse for her remarks.
“I want to apologize for my comments from an interview I did last year,” Hilton said in a statement obtained by the New York Daily News. “They were part of a much larger story and I am regretful that they were not delivered in the way I had intended.
“I am deeply hurt by how this has played out and also deeply sorry,” she said. “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.”
The heiress to the famed Hilton Hotel chain drew backlash after a November 2016 interview with Marie Claire published Tuesday revealed her opinion on Donald Trump’s alleged victims. Hilton said she didn’t believe any of the women, whom she claimed were using Trump for exposure.
“I think that they are just trying to get attention and fame,” Hilton told the magazine. “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.”
Hilton went on to say that she believed some of the women were romantically interested in the “charming” and “good-looking” Trump.
A slew of women have claimed Trump groped and made unwanted advances towards them that dates back decades, including a People magazine reporter who claimed Trump forced “his tongue down my throat” in 2005.
Last year October, a secret recording of Trump stating that his fame allows him to “grab women by the [expletive]” — comments Trump as well as Hilton dubbed “guy talk” — was released to the public.
Despite Hilton’s skepticism surrounding Trump’s accusers, Hilton said she is an advocate for all women.
“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.”