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Paris Hilton ‘mulls legal action’ over Dubai plane crash prank

The heiress was “pranked” by Egyptian TV show host Ramez Galal while on a recent visit to the emirate

Paris Hilton ‘mulls legal action’ over Dubai plane crash prank
Paris Hilton (Getty Images)

Paris Hilton is reportedly planning to sue the Egyptian TV show that tricked her into believing she was in danger of dying in a plane crash in Dubai.

The 34-year-old heiress was pranked on Ramez In Control, a show hosted by Egyptian actor Ramez Galal and broadcast by cable TV network MBC.

In the episode, she can be seen on board an aircraft that begins to lurch violently a few minutes after takeoff.

The plane continues to dip and dive and Paris can be seen screaming and crying with fear before it finally lands safely.

When informed by Ramez that she has been “pranked”, Hilton says: “I’m going to kill you. I almost thought I was going to die... That’s been my biggest fear my whole life, dying in a plane.”

Hilton was in Dubai for the opening of a new hotel, and was invited for an aerial tour of the city alongside Galal and other passengers.

Earlier this week rumours were circulating that Hilton had known about the prank beforehand and had possibly signed a contract with the TV network – although a spokesperson for MBC told Arabian Business on Monday they thought this was not the case.

The following day, the TMZ entertainment news site reported that Hilton was planning to sue MBC.

It said she was “furious” about the stunt and quoted a source as saying: “[Hilton] is totally freaked out over flying anywhere... something she's required to constantly do. She’s already called her lawyers to find out who’s responsible, and they told her she has a solid case for emotional distress.”

MBC did not respond when approached by Arabian Business for comment on the latest developments in the story, and nor did Hilton’s PR representatives in Los Angeles.

It is understood that legal liability for the contents of the show rest
with Gamal as producer, and MBC would not comment on whether Hilton had been
asked to sign a waiver or other form of contract before boarding the plane.

Meanwhile, members of the public took to Twitter to discuss the prank, describing it as “cruel”, “terrifying”, “insane”. One user, JustJared, said “.@ParisHilton was the victim of the scariest plane crash prank ever - watch the crazy video: http://jus.tj/nla.”

And another, @VivianFabiola, wrote: “The moment you realize your money can't save you! LOL Poor @ParisHilton BAD PRANK! Via @Tmz http://buff.ly/1NvhXgN”.

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WHJ 5 years ago

I don't blame her. I think this "show" should be stopped immediately.

bre 5 years ago

A pane crash is everyone's nightmare. I can understand why Paris wants to take legal measures, hope she succeeds. I think its a joke in bad taste which ever way you look at it.

Mike Thompson 5 years ago

Good on her. The prank such as was carried out really is not a prank, it is a likely cause of a heart attack let alone distress.

Nahu 5 years ago

They are plain idiots, whoever came up with this. I think they will end up paying for it.

Normal Citizen 5 years ago

For once I agree with her - there are limits, even for "jokes".

Rushdi 5 years ago

Well, if she was emotionally distressed, she wouldn't have done a trailer promotion for the show before Ramadan starts!!

Jamie 5 years ago

She has a strong legal case because this show is not an entertaining harmless prank anymore, it has crossed all the red lines and caused intentional infliction of emotional distress which can be described as an intentional act performed by a defendant that is so reckless that it causes emotional distress to the victim. Such shows must stop once and for all!

Fady Kamel 5 years ago

She is faking , She knew about , check out this link where she is promtoing the show before the month of Ramdan means more than 14 days ago . So if she knew about that long way back why she did not sue him since that time , OSCAR for PARIS Hilton best actress 2016

Mike Thompson 5 years ago

Why are DUBAI POLICE silent on this matter ?. It was within Dubai airspace and they presumably filmed her without her consent. That is itself a criminal offence ,is it not ?

chalky6766 5 years ago

I've seen some trailers for this show and this guys 'victims' actually attack him afterwards in some instances in a very violent way. Its a step far to far, its not funny, its frankly dangerous......