LATEST: The parents of hotel heiress Paris Hilton are threatening legal action against anyone who helps make an amateur porn tape of their daughter public.

Hilton's mum and dad are vowing to "vigorously" prosecute the "criminal" responsible for the footage shot three years ago, featuring a 19-year-old Paris and her then older boyfriend - Shannen Doherty's husband Rick Solomon.

According to gossip website PAGE SIX.COM, an anonymous mole has given copies of the video to various media outlets in an attempt to make money.

A statement by Hilton's fuming parents reads, "The Hilton family is greatly saddened at how low human beings will stoop to exploit their daughter Paris, who is sweet-natured, for their own self-promotion as well as profit motives.

"Paris is working very hard on her career. The release of a private tape between a younger girl and her older boyfriend is more than upsetting. Anyone in any way involved in this video is guilty of criminal activity, and will be vigorously prosecuted."

06/11/2003 17:02