Paris Hilton Sues 'Exposed' Site
updated 01/30/2007 AT 05:45 PM EST
•originally published 01/30/2007 AT 07:55 AM EST
Parisexposed.com, which launched Jan. 23, let visitors view Hilton's bank records, personal diaries and home videos for a $39.97 fee. (The site was down briefly on Tuesday, but was back up and running by the afternoon.)
The site claimed the items were auctioned off after Hilton failed to pay the rent on a Los Angeles-area storage facility.
In a lawsuit filed Monday, Hilton, 25, says the items went into the 6,000-sq.-ft. storage unit two years ago when she and her sister, Nicky, 23, moved out of a house that had been burglarized.
Hilton claims a moving company was to pay the storage fees.
"I was appalled to learn that people are exploiting my and my sisters' (sic) private personal belongings for commercial gain," Hilton says in a statement accompanying the lawsuit, according to the Associated Press.
Hilton's lawyer, Gregory Korn, contends in the filing that "Unscrupulous individuals can use such information" – including credit card receipts and Hilton's passport – "to steal Hilton's identity, or even worse, to stalk and even physically harm Hilton."
The lawsuit alleges that defendants Nabil and Nabila Haniss of Culver City, Calif., paid $2,775 for Hilton's items and then sold them for $10 million to entrepreneur Bardia Persa, creator of Parisexposed.com.
Reads the text on the Web site: "Believe it or not, this supermodel, from one of the wealthiest families in the world, failed to pay her $208 bill. ... As you probably guessed by now, the storage unit was auctioned off ... the heiress lost all rights to her goods."
The Hanisses could not be located by the AP for comment. Persa did not respond to a request for comment.
Hilton's publicist, Elliott Mintz, tells PEOPLE she was hurt by the Web site.
"How would anyone feel if all one's personal items were out there for all to see?" he says. "She wants her things back. Her possessions are still in the hands of strangers."