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Paris Hilton appeared on CNN's Larry King Live on Wednesday, June 27, in her first post-jail interview. Although Paris told Larry King she got a raw deal when she was sentenced to jail for driving on a suspended license, she said, "I'm glad it happened in a way because it's changed my life forever. I feel stronger than ever and, I don't know, I feel like this is a lesson in disguise."
In the one-hour, pretaped interview, Paris said her time at Lynwood Detention Center was "a very traumatic experience" and she had nightmares someone would come into her cell and harm her while she was sleeping. "Just the whole idea of being in jail is really scary," she said. "I hate to be alone so that was really just hard for me in the beginning."
Hilton also discussed her medical problems that led Sheriff Lee Baca to reassign her to house arrest, only later to be overturned by the judge. "I've suffered from claustrophobia my entire life. And when I first got in that cell, I was having severe panic attacks, anxiety attacks. My claustrophobia was kicking in. I wasn't sleeping. I wasn't eating. It was — the doctors talked to the sheriff and he could see that it would be better if I just did it on house arrest." Paris also revealed she has attention deficit disorder. "I have been on medication since I was a child. I have ADD. So I take medication for that. It's Adderall. I think anyone who has ADD takes it."
The Simple Life star also claims she does not do drugs and is "not really into" drinking alcohol. She says she is an Aquarius and "we're social people."
As for her fellow party girl friends, Paris took the high road in defending them. She wished Nicole Richie the best and said, "She's like my sister. I love her so much. So I don't want anything bad to happen to her." In regard to Britney Spears, "She's a sweet girl. She's a good mom," loyal Paris said. "I've seen her with her kids. She loves her kids. And I think it's hard for anyone when you're in the spotlight so much. It's very overwhelming at such, like, a young age."
Paris plans to use her media power for good now that she's done her time. "I feel like being in the spotlight, I have a platform where I can raise awareness for so many great causes and just do so much with this instead of superficial things like going out," she said. "I want to help raise money for kids and for breast cancer and multiple sclerosis."