TMZ has obtained a Paris Hilton deposition in which the heiress makes it painfully clear -- Greeks and geography are not her strong suits.
The deposition was taken last November, in connection with a defamation lawsuit filed by Zeta Graff against Ms. Hilton. Graff claims Hilton planted lies about her in the New York Post gossip column, Page Six. The item says Graff went "berserk" on a London dance floor last July and allegedly attacked Hilton, trying to remove Paris' multi-million dollar necklace before being tossed from the club.
Hilton admits the incident never took place but denies spreading the lies.
In her deposition, Paris is asked about a companion that night whose first name was Terry. When asked if she knew his last name, Paris replied: "It is like a weird Greek name. Like Douglas."
Paris was also asked if she was aware that the article had been republished in various newspapers. Graff's lawyer, Paul Berra, asked, "Were there U.K. publications?" Hilton responded: "No... there is stuff in London." Paris' lawyer, Larry Stein, jumped in: "London is a U.K. publication." Paris' retort: "Right. U.K. Whatever."
Paris swore she never saw a republication of the article: "I was in Europe the whole summer, and all there is like French -- I didn't see anything because I wasn't in America."
Paris testified on the night in question she did have a minor run in with Graff, the former girlfriend of Hilton's then boyfriend Paris Latsis. Hilton stated, "I just said to her... she is old and should stay at home with her child instead of being at night clubs with young people. And just that -- I just - what else did I say? Just that she is not cute at all."
She added that Graff had threatened Latsis: "He said that she threatened to send Mexican people to come and beat the s..t out of him."
Hilton testified that she too was scared: "He said that she was going to do voodoo on me. And I kind of do believe in that stuff a little bit, so I was a little bit scared about that... "
Hilton, who was admonished several times to use the word "no" instead of "huh-uh," had problems explaining emails between herself and her then-publicist, Rob Shuter. Hilton claims she talked to Shuter after the incident and said: "I don't want this getting out..." But Shuter sent Paris the article the day it ran with the note: "This is genius." Paris responded: "You are amazing! I f..... love it!!! You are genius...."
In his earlier deposition, Shuter said that Paris told him essentially what Page Six reported, with this instruction: "She was very clear that this story needed to go her way... we needed to get this out immediately." Shuter says Hilton specifically wanted the item in Page Six and he obliged. In Hilton's deposition, she describes Shuter as "a f...ing liar."
Paris' graphic description of Shuter was not the only departure from a traditional deposition. At one point she blurted out: "I'm so hungry."
Elliot Mintz, Paris' spokesperson, contacted TMZ with this statement: "I was surprised to see you take a few excerpts from a deposition that runs over 200 pages and offer them up in headlines that were clearly intended to publicly embarass Paris." Mintz adds that "Paris has responded in a truthful manner to the questions she was asked," and that "she respects the judicial proce