Busted: Paris Hilton Was In On Plane Crash 'Hoax', TMZ Says

  • by: Alan Duke
Busted: Paris Hilton Was In On Plane Crash 'Hoax', TMZ Says

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An Egyptian TV prank show paid Paris Hilton up to $1 million to pretend she was scared she would die when a plane lost its engines over Dubai, TMZ reported Thursday citing documents obtained by the celeb news website.

The documents include an offer to another celebrity -- indicating Hilton was not their first choice -- that read: "We will act as if something is going wrong and ask all passengers to jump off the plane!!! Of course everyone will panic, we'll be having skydivers in disguise with us on board."

TMZ reported just a day earlier that Hilton was planning to sue the production company over the stunt.

The video trended virally around the world with few people expressing skepticism about Hilton's sincere fear -- a testament to her acting ability.

CNN's Jeannie Moos filed this story before it became obvious:

Paris Hilton fell victim to an Egyptian prankster thinking the plane she was on in #Dubai was about to crash. Could she be suing?

Posted by CNN Connect the World on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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