Paris Hilton thanks Cindy McCain, calls for bipartisan support on legislation against child abuse

Paris Hilton thanks Cindy McCain, calls for bipartisan support on legislation against child abuse
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2000s-icon–turned–children's-rights advocate Paris Hilton had a message Friday for both sides of the aisle.

Hilton, who said she was beaten and "watched in the shower" during her time at a teenage reformatory center, thanked Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican. She asked for politicians of any background to unite in support of tackling abuse in the troubled youth industry.

"Thank you Cindy McCain," she wrote Friday on Twitter. "You are an incredible champion of women and girls. So grateful to have you supporting us. Protecting these children is not political. It is a human rights issue and all legislators, both Rep and Dem, should stand against child abuse in congregate care."

PARIS HILTON LOBBIES CAPITOL HILL AND DETAILS ENDURING ABUSE IN 'TROUBLED TEEN INDUSTRY'

Hilton ventured to Capitol Hill Wednesday to lobby against abuses in the teenage psychological industry, which she said as a victim herself can cause more harm than good. She is seeking accountability from facilities with a history of abuse accusations.

She was joined by Rep. Ro Khanna, a California Democrat, and Sen. Jeff Merkely, an Oregon Democrat, who co-sponsored the bicameral Accountability for Congregate Care Act.

Hilton described her time as a 16-year-old in such a facility, saying she was choked, slapped, and spied on — essentially being "sent to Hell" in an opinion article Monday.

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Hilton, who is also known for her emblematic fashion that graced countless magazine covers in the early 2000s, also starred in Fox and later E! network's reality television program The Simple Life, where she and co-star Nicole Richie, both wealthy debutantes, worked menial jobs on camera. She coined the famous term, "That's hot," a sometimes sarcastic way of communicating one's fascination with even the most mundane of topics.

She seems to have made amends with the McCain family since 2008, when she recorded a fiery retort to John McCain's 2008 presidential ad in which he compared former President Barack Obama to a celebrity, using Hilton's likeness as an example.

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