A Los Angeles federal judge ordered the Web site ParisExposed.com – which was offering a peek of Paris Hilton’s personal items – to be temporarily shut down on Friday.
The site, which launched on Jan. 23, let visitors view the heiress’s bank records, personal diaries and home videos for a $39.97 fee.
The judge issued the temporary shut-down “because the site violated my client’s right to privacy and was a copyright infringement,” according to Hilton’s lawyer, Howard Weitzman. “The owner of the site, (Bardia Persa), has an opportunity on Feb. 16 to contest the order. He can either do it in writing or orally in court. If he doesn’t show up, or the judge isn’t swayed, the order can turn into a permanent injunction.”
The site claimed the items were auctioned off after Hilton failed to pay the rent on a Los Angeles-area storage facility.
Last week, Hilton sued over the site, claiming that 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.
Gregory Korn, a lawyer for Hilton said in the filing: “Unscrupulous individuals can use such information 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 Persa, creator of Parisexposed.com.
Persa did not return calls for comment.