Gary Susman
January 29, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Last November, Rick Salomon said he was shocked — shocked! — that Paris Hilton’s family would accuse him of trying to profit from the former couple’s infamous sex video by selling it to an Internet porn company, and he sued his ex-girlfriend, her parents, and her publicist for slander. He sought $10 million in damages, claiming they orchestrated a ”malicious and outrageous publicity campaign” that suggested that Hilton (who was 19 when the tape was made) was unaware she was being filmed, that Salomon was responsible for circulating the video, and that he had acted improperly, maybe even criminally, by doing so. Now, however, the Hiltons’ lawyer says, in a court document obtained by The Smoking Gun, that Salomon offered to drop the suit if the defendants would agree to let him license the pay-per-view rights to the notorious clip.

In the document, filed by Hilton attorney Heather McCloskey on Jan. 15, the lawyer says Salomon approached papa Rick Hilton through a third party, ”saying he wants to settle this case in exchange for Mr. Hilton’s agreement to allow Salomon to exploit the videotape of his daughter Paris Hilton on a pay-per-view basis.” McCloskey calls Salomon’s lawsuit and settlement offer ”beneath contempt.” But Salomon’s lawyer, Martin Singer, tells The Smoking Gun that the alleged offer is ”an absolute fabrication” by the ”Simple Life” star’s family, who are attempting to ”besmirch my client.”

If anyone exploits Paris Hilton’s image on video, it’s going to be Paris Hilton. At a Golden Globes afterparty on Sunday, she told USA Today that she and Nicole Richie are preparing for the follow-up to ”The Simple Life.” She said of the show’s producers: ”They tell me we’re going to travel around the country in a Winnebago with some new family.” First, however, she’ll stretch her acting muscles in a guest-starring role girl on the Feb. 2 episode of NBC’s ”Las Vegas,” playing a pampered rich girl.

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