Perez Hilton apologizes for gay slur

Celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton apologized yesterday for using a gay slur against the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am at a Toronto nightclub on June 22. "I am sorry," Hilton (né Mario Lavandeira) posted on his website. "And I mean it. No one is forcing me to write this. I am notfeeling pressured to say this. I am speaking out because I realize thatthe last few days have been more hurtful to me — and many others — thanthe repeated blows I suffered to my head in Toronto this past weekend." Hilton is suing the Peas' tour manager, Polo Molina, for $25,000 for allegedly hitting him outside the Toronto club, and says he plans to donate any money he may gain from the suit to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. However, that organization, which supports diversity programs in education, has declined the offer. "We do not know the details of the lawsuit, whether it has been filed,the nature of his claims or the likely outcome," said MSF Governing Board Chair Judy Shepard in a statement issued yesterday. "But because the lawsuitpresumably involves the physical attack prompted by Mr. Hilton'sadmitted use of an anti-gay slur, the Foundation will be unable toaccept any funds obtained in such a manner."

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  • Marla Staples

    Good for them! So proud they declined the offer for his dirty money. He has no case anyhow!

  • Cici

    He’s nothing but a tacky hypocritical publicity whore. If he’s so sorry then he’ll stop making it his job to out celebrities or harassing celebrities who are gay but opt not to be spokespeople for the community.

  • Kate

    Good for the MSF for getting it right and not taking his money. He has done more damage to cause of Gay/Bi people than most. His outing people on his terms insteads of allowing them their rights as Americans to either out themsleves or not. He used the gay community for blood money and was trying to use the MSF here and they wanted no part of him. It is over for Hilton over. Celebs will no long fear him ha! no one will care and only his sad fangurls will care what he has to say from now. This liar just said yesterday that Michael Jackson was faking his death to get attention. How can anyone claim he isn’t worse than what the BEP’s manager did to him? How anyone in the world can defend him and whine about how hitting someone is never the answer is beyond me. Hitting is never the answer true but saying a dead man faked it for attention from this attention whore is ok?.

  • JT

    Denied by his own people. Now if we can only get his site shut down. I haven’t seen anybody on his side. Career suicide. Hopefully nobody will take him seriously again and he is blacklisted from anything that has to do with enterntainment. I can’t believe celebrities would want to have anything to do with him in the first place.

  • JT

    Stop saying hitting isn’t the answer. Sometimes certain people deserve a good beat down. He is one of those people.

  • Kate

    His apology also isn’t what is post. The whole thing reads very different he does not apologize at all not once. He whines blames others makes it seem like he did nothing wrong plays the victim and brings up blacks and the N-word. What does that have to do with his mess? What a creep. Hopefully the gay/bi community will be free of this bloodsucker from now on.

  • Kathi in Merritt

    Mario, princess, you have no idea what it took to get protection and rights for Gays and Lesbians. You think you have the right to say what you want and are ignorant enough to use a gay slur to hurt someone you know is straight. Then you proceed to say you’ll donate to the Matt Shepard Foundation . . . you truly are an ass. I’d be tempted to smack you too. You should just drop it and shut your mouth.

  • Steve

    Mamma always said – think before you speak – what comes out of your mouth is your true feelings – being sorry later is too late – should have kept your mouth shut.

  • Lucy

    oh, burn, Perez! all the backpedaling cannot mend those bridges you burt!!

  • Konfide-N-Me

    I’m gay and I’d like to punch him a few times myself. He’s a SAD LOSER who got what he deserved.

  • kcwolf

    Please, EW, stop giving any publicity to this pathetic loser. It makes it appear as if Perez Hilton is relevant … something he is definitely NOT!
    And as a gay person, can we stop referring to him as “openly gay”? It’s bad enough we have to claim J. Edgar Hoover, Roy Cohn and Jeffrey Dahmer as gay.

  • Julie E.

    Perez Hilton is a sorry excuse for a human being. My biggest pop-culture wish is that people will start ignoring him and his site, effectively ending his “career.”

  • Chappel

    “repeated blows” to his head? I saw the picture. He had a very slight abrasion and a tiny little cut under his eye that looked more like it was caused by a fingernail than a fist. What a big crybaby. Hopefully this incident will teach the idiot a lesson in manners.

  • Carmen in CT

    Can Perez Hilton get a life. He is such a loser. Go harass your mother.

  • nuttz

    its obvious how things work.
    After all this blow’s through his carreer is 100% over.
    Everything right now is at its “peak” once it comes down and levels out he is gone. Never liked mario.

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