Paris Hilton, subject of plane crash hoax, may have been in on prank after all

Paris Hilton may have been privy to Egyptian television host Ramez Galal's crashing plane prank, despite reports to the contrary.

"The Simple Life" alum was rumored to be considering legal action against the prankster and the creators of his MBC prank show "Ramez in Control" ("Ramez Wakel El-Gaw") in which she appeared to believe that she was in mortal danger during a turbulent 15-minute aerial tour of Dubai.

However, TMZ, which obtained a document prepared by the Egyptian production company, said Thursday that the hotel heiress was among the numerous celebrities they reached out to in March to participate in the hoax, offering a large sum of money to the participant.

The document reportedly laid out what would happen during the prank, including acting as if something has gone wrong and having skydivers jump from the aircraft while cameras "monitor the funny reactions from our celebrity guest when they fear jumping off the plane."

Incidentally, the site on Wednesday said that Hilton was looking into suing Galal & Co. for emotional distress she experienced during the stunt.

TMZ initially reported that Hilton was furious over the prank and has been too afraid to fly anywhere. The report said at the time that neither she nor anyone from her team was involved in its orchestration.

"Scariest moment of my life. I really believed the plane was going to crash & we were all going to die," Hilton tweeted about it over the weekend. The reality star was said to be in the UAE for the opening of a hotel, but it's unclear when the prank was shot.

Footage from the episode showed the seemingly genuinely panicked socialite crying and screaming for her life along with several other wailing passengers while the plane appeared to nose-dive and nearly crash into the water several times. Galal was seated beside her and fueled the chaos while trying to protect Hilton. At one point, the back of the aircraft opened and someone jumped out.

After the plane finally landed, the host revealed to the distraught starlet that it was a just a "prank show" and that she and everybody were fine — including the guy who jumped out. Apparently Galal has pulled the prank on a few occasions.

Though the 34-year-old laughed off the hoax at the end of the episode, she said that dying on a plane had been her life's fear.

"This is taking it to another level," she told Galal. "I've seen 'Punk'd.' You guys put me in a plane and almost killed me. ... This is definitely crazier than anything I've ever been in in my entire life."

A rep for Hilton did not immediately respond to The Times' request for comment.

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July 2, 9:40 p.m.: This post has been updated to include newer reports about the prank. It was originally published on July 1 at 4:10 p.m.