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Paris Hilton: Sex tape ruined her chances to be like Princess Diana

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Paris Hilton (pictured in a promotional photo for her perfume) told Marie Claire magazine she’s still mad about her ex-boyfriend releasing a 2001 sex tape of her. (Courtesy photo)

Paris Hilton, appealingly out of the spotlight recently, has resurfaced.

In a interview with Marie Claire magazine, the 36-year-old socialite says she could have been like Princess Diana — if it wasn’t for the infamous 2001 sex tape featuring her at 18 and her then-boyfriend, Rick Saloman, 33, that went public.

She sued Saloman after he released it in 2004; they reached an undisclosed settlement in 2005.

“It’s really hurtful, because my whole life I really looked up to Princess Diana, all these elegant, amazing women, and I feel like [Salomon] just took that all away from me. I could have been like that, but because of that tape, I will always be judged,” she told the magazine.

She also called Donald Trump “respectful” (even though he said he watched her sex tape) and said she thinks women who are accusing him of sexual misconduct are “just trying to get attention and fame.”

TRIBE TALKS

Better late than never: A Tribe Called Quest has apologized for canceling at Outside Lands.

The veteran hip hop group (Jarobi White, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Q-Tip) sent a letter to the Los Angeles Times, saying that the “wave of grief” following its Thursday show in Denver without band member Phife Dawg (who died in the East Bay in 2016 at age 45) led it to reschedule its Friday Outside Lands set to Saturday … but that performance didn’t happen either because “everything did not come together before the closing curfew.”

The letter went on: “We will correct this and regain your confidence. We are not making excuses for our absence. We just wanted you to know that we are still grieving and yet we want to honor each and every one of you for 28 years of music love.”

Interestingly, Rolling Stone reports that after the group released the album “We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service” in November, about eight months following Phife Dawg’s death, Q-Tip said, “This is our last record, and we’ll probably do a world tour. After that, that’s it, for the rest of our lives.”

HEARD’S HEART

John Heard died as a result of a heart attack.

The Santa Clara County coroner’s office reported that the “Home Alone” actor suffered a “sudden cardiac death due to atherosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease.”

Heard, 71, was found dead in a Palo Alto hotel room July 21. Although he had undergone minor back surgery at Stanford Medical Center two days before, officials said the operation was unrelated to his death.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Singer Vanessa Carlton is 37. … Actor Steve Carell is 55. … Actor Timothy Hutton is 57. … Singer Madonna is 59. … Actress Angela Bassett is 59. … Director James Cameron is 63. … TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford is 64. … Actress Lesley Ann Warren is 71. … Actor Bob Balaban is 72.

— Staff, wire reports

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