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A New Statement from Perez Hilton

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From the heart:

"Words can hurt. I know that very well, from both sides of the fence. The other night in Toronto, after feeling physically threatened by a verbally abusive Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas, I chose the most hurtful word I know to hurl at him. I was in an out-of-the ordinary situaton and used a word that I would not utter under normal circumstances. My intention - however misguided it may have been - was to stand up for myself and tell this belligerent man that I had enough of his badgering and was not going to continue to let him berate and intimidate me. I wanted to hurt him with the word I chose, not anyone else. Unfortunately, the one who got hurt was me and, subsequently, a lot of other people. I wish none of it had happened. I can't take it back. I did what I thought was best at the moment to stand up for myself in a non-violent yet still assertive way. Clearly, I am not homophobic. Also, I am not nor have I ever claimed to be a spokesperson for the gay community. I am just speaking for myself, a gay man. One who is labeled "flamboyant" in the media. An American that is not granted equal rights under the law. I will continue to speak out for equality and I will continue to say things that upset both gay people and straight people. Who I am as a person and what I do for a living are two separate things. I've come to terms with all my incongruities and am proud of who I am and what I do. In closing, words can hurt. But words should not provoke someone to violence. Stripped away from the mask of Perez Hilton, I have been extremely bothered by the public reaction to my assault. Violence should never be condoned with such statements as "It's Karma" or "I don't believe in violence but….". In fact, several television and radio shows over the past couple of days echoed the sentiment "He had it coming". Would they have said the same thing if I was a woman? Would I have "deserved it" if I had been stabbed? Or shot? Or killed? I was attacked from behind without warning and repeatedly punched in the head in a cold, disgusting and unnecessarily violent manner by Polo Molina, the road manager for the Black Eyed Peas, who I did not even speak with that evening. I did not share any words with him and his assault on me was completely unprovoked. I feel like everything happens for a reason and I leave this traumatic experience as a person with more compassion. Specifically, there was an instance last year when actor Jesse Metcalfe was attacked outside of a Hollywood nightclub by a fellow entertainer. I did not condone the violence, but I did make light of that situation. I regret that. Sincerely. There are many ways to deal with disagreements, both good and bad, but violence is never the answer. Never. I now know that first-hand. It should not be condoned, promoted or accepted. No one "deserves" to be the victim of violence. No one "has it coming." NO ONE. And victims should not be ridiculed. I look forward to marching for equality in Washington, D.C. this October. And I look forward to standing up for my rights in a Toronto courtroom shortly, as I fully intend to seek every lawful remedy against the man that attacked me."

- Perez Hilton
June 23, 2009
Los Angeles, California

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3287 comments to “A New Statement from Perez Hilton”

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  1. 1

    1st fer number 1

  2. 2

    I'm praying for you, Perez!
    You're a good person, you don't deserve this.

  3. 3

    perezzzzzzzzzzzzzzz… i love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :]

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  5. 5

    go perez! W00!!!

  6. 6

    Amen. Stay strong.. xo

  7. 7

    you're so RIGHT.

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  9. 9

    violence is not the answer! peace!

  10. 10

    Perez i respect for for making this statement,
    don't feel bad for those who claim its karma,
    or say you had it comming.
    that's not fair.
    and if they do believe in karma,
    it will come back to them.
    you are right. VIOLENCE IS NOT THE ANSWER!

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  12. 12

    buena declaracion he!!! te apoyo al 100%!!! este tipo de gente deveria de ir a prision inmediatamente, no puede ser tanta agresividad por tan solo decir lo que piensas!!! te quiero perez! estoy contigooo

  13. 13

    Good for you Perez

  14. 14

    This is why I love you Perez. Everyone talks crap about others, they sure do enjoy reading about it! :)

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  16. 16

    good 4 u perez violence is definetly not the answer hope u win ur court case :)

  17. 17

    boring statement

  18. 18

    This was very heartfelt. Regardless of what people say you are doing the right thing. This is your profession and it is sad that most in the entertainment industry cannot take criticism or laugh at themselves.

  19. 19

    Well written, get well soon!

  20. 20

    i love you and violence is NEVER the answer no matter what!

  21. slgm says – reply to this


    stay strong Perez!

  22. 22

    Physical violence is never the answer to any situation - with that said, be the bigger man - drop the charges, admit that mistakes were made by both parties involved, then let it go. That's the mature thing to do!

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  24. 24

    Take care, hunnie….nobody wants to hear these kinds of horrible stories. I used to respect that band, now I will no longer support The Black Eyed Peas. I hope you see justice in the end of all this. XOXOX

  25. 25

    Good for you, honey. You're doing the best you can do under the circumstances. You are a trailblazer- a pioneer in the world of blogging which is still in its infancy. You have to make the rules up as you go along and your psyche will adjust accordingly.

    Keep your chin up and do the best you can.

  26. 26

    Good for you Perez!

    As you've said, you DID not deserve physical violence. NO ONE does. Thank you for standing up for the fact that it is not okay. Words are not justification for violence.

  27. 27

    1st. i feel so bad.

  28. 28

    You're gay?
    Nono I kid.
    But good for you, Perez
    I thought this would be an apology
    Thank god it's not. You know owe anyone anything!

  29. 29

    I believe in you, perez!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. 30

    Love you Perez!! fuck the violence! i hate ignorant F***s!

  31. 31

    You should get the jutice you deserve! Good Luck xo

  32. 32

    i agree with you when you say violence is never the answer because it's abuse. but since you used that word, im not on anyones side because both of you acted out in a VERY inappropriate manner. You say you regret saying what you said but he could feel the same way, and even if he doesn't it doesn't matter because you both can't take it back. any form of abuse is bad

  33. 33

    I didn't read half of that.. say it with me, Perez, "paragraphs." lol.

    I agree though, violence is never the answer.
    Just because someone talks shit about you, doesn't mean that you get a free pass to physically hurt them. You're no better than the person who talks shit if you do that.

  34. 34

    I'm proud of you PEREZ!! All those assholes that say you deserved it can just go to hell…NO ONE deserves to get hit!! Everyone has a right to say what they want and you did just that! I am behind you 100%

  35. 35

    Perez- you are a good person, you job is to talk crap about people. As a celebrity it is THEIR job to not take it seriously.

    You did not deserve to be punched and I hope you have your victory in the court room against these men.

  36. 36

    i completely 100% agree with you. NO ONE, no matter who, deserves to be hit. It is our right as a citizen of this country to speak our mind, and people do not need to agree with it or like it, but it does not give them a right to assault another human being. A real man would not have even started nething with you. That is who you are, what you do, your a gossip columnist for gods sake! he truly is a weak person and i feel sorry of their poor moral character. I'm with ya perez! =)

  37. 37

    Hang in there perez i support you no matter what. no person should have had that happen to them.stay strong!

  38. 38

    i love you perez and i'll stand by you no matter what. no one deserves to be hit and what everyone else is saying about you is bullshit, they should know better.

  39. 39

    Hopefully you mean it, Perez, about having more compassion. Nobody else would be given any slack on this website from you for what you did. I'm a little surprised you're asking for it from everybody else. I gave you more credit for that. For at least being a little brighter. Karma. It's what's for breakfast.

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  41. 41

    Well said.

  42. 42

    get over yourself and fucking move on!!

  43. 43

    all the assholes on here saying perez is full of shit…fuck you.
    I know he's delt out verbal stuff….BUT he has NEVER Physically assaulted anyone. And NO ONE has the right to put their hands on anyone! I don't care if they say "mean" things to you. Grow up…..if you don't like what you read about yourself here's an idea….DON'T READ IT!

  44. 44

    i guess you dont like it when the tables are turned and people say hurtful things to you, like you do everyday on your blog. you did have it coming. ask ms california-past, she;d agree.

  45. 45

    I love you perez! and you certainly did not deserve to be attacked, violence is never right, and you were right to stand up for yourself! Your fans still love you, and anyone else that says otherwise is a fool and a coward! love love love always

  46. 46

    yah … you still had it coming

  47. 47

    Love you P, I'm right behind you xx

  48. 48

    no one has the right to verbally abuse somone too!

  49. 49

    I am sorry you were attacked…violence is truly never the answer. It solves nothing. Glad you are speaking out!

  50. 50

    well done (: and all these comments from people abusing this statement is clearly pathetic, if you don't like perez, why are you on his site? nothing better to do with your lives.. clearly! good luck in the courtroom mate! keep the head up :] xo

  51. 51

    that's okay Perez, we all say things that we don't mean in the heat of things. Whenever my husband and I get in a really heated argument (which isn't often) I wind up calling him a bitch. Doesn't even make sense really… somehow that's just what boils up inside me and comes out, lol.

  52. Jekka says – reply to this


    You were a victim and you would have said what anyone could have said in the heat of the moment. You were probably anxious and scared to get away from will.i.am.psycho and his horde of bullies. Hang in there Perez, you've done nothing wrong and the Black Eyed Peas deserved everything that was said to them.

    People would have acted 10x different if you had been killed, when you consider the celebrities that died from violence, if they had only been hurt but not died they would have been saying the same hateful things that all are saying about you right now. People have no respect.

  53. 53

    you're an idiot

  54. 54

    Honey just shut the fuck up and get some security - Your profession puts you in the "maybe that is justice" category with any instance of anyone acting out against you.
    Your words now have a salacious effect on any star you skewer due to your enormity. DEAL WITH IT.

  55. 55

    "violence is never the answer"


    it drives people to hurt and sometimes even kill themselves or others.

    And yes, some people DO have it coming. People who live their life with the devil on their shoulder, definalty have it "coming' .
    I hope you actually THINK before you SPEAK/WRITE ..before a incident like this happens again.

  56. 56

    Waaa! The "F" word is as bad as the "N" word….you jerk! Hope Carrie Prejean is laughing her ass off at you now. You're no victim.

  57. Joker says – reply to this


    Perez, I support you 100%.
    You didn't deserve this, nobody does.

  58. 58

    Who cares Mario - it was bound to happen sooner or later - go fuck yourself.

  59. 59

    "attacked from behind" Ahahahahahah

  60. 60

    self-absorbed much?

  61. 61

    Many people deal with stressful situations in a manner we would not normally do so. A situation like this teaches us we should ALWAYS choose our words wisely (especially when our words are our livelihood). A wise man once told me speak and write like every word you uttered will be reprinted in the LA Times. I am fan of Perez. I am not a fan of everything he says. Clearly the person who hit him also needs to learn to deal with stressful situations in a more appropriate manner. Violence is never the answer. We should all learn from this.

  62. human says – reply to this


    Ohhh shut up!

    you've been hurting people with your words for a long time.


  63. 63

    i love you perez i totally back you.
    what happened was messed up and your response does not reflect who you are as a person at all.

  64. 64

    You seem to be focusing too much on your "non violent" approach, verbal abuse is sometimes just as harmful as physical abuse, and can cause psychological damage. I'm not saying what you said to Will.I.Am is likely to cause damage but look at you, you've gained your reputation for being a bully. You bully a 16 year old Miley Cyrus every day. What gives you the right to brand her a slut. I'm only using her as an example, but I think you genuinely need to wise up and stop playing the victim.

  65. 65

    I agree. Some ppl just can't handle the truth. One of those ppl is Fergafugly…

  66. 66

    You never deserved this. Take care Perez :) !

  67. 67

    it's never okay to hit someone. no one "has it coming."

  68. 68

    It makes me sick that you continuously bully other people who have never done anything to you and then expect everyone to feel bad for you because someone retaliated when you were blatantly trying to wind them up. Get a clue Perez.

    I don't condone violence but I really think you had that coming to you and can't believe it hasn't happened sooner.

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    I love this.

  71. 71

    I understand what happened, Perez. Good luck with everything.

  72. 72

    Perez, i agree with you on this one, no one deserves to be a victim of violence.
    But i think you are making a big deal out of nothing. you got in a fight, so what. bunch of people fight everyday.

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    How about an APOLOGY to MISS CALIFORNIA?!!! Seems there are MANY SIMILARITIES but you did back peddle…Mea Culpa?
    I'll be weening myself from your site, Perez. WORDS do hurt and yes, VIOLENT acts sometimes are created because of WORDS.
    You JUMPED THE SHARK and hetero's and homosexuals are taking bites at you.

  75. 75

    Perez, I just want to say that I really admire the stand that you are taking. I agree that violence is never the answer. NO MATTER WHAT! We all have to right to our own opinion and just because you choose to express yours in a blog doesn't mean you deserve to be hit. Celebrities need to learn that they are not untouchable. If you put yourself in the public eye, you need to realize that not everyone is going to like you. It's funny how Will.i.am thinks that he and his crew are somehow above being made fun of every once in a while. Being rich and famous does not make you above the law and I hope that every single person involved in your assault is punished for what happened.

  76. 76

    Was it the N bomb that was dropped?

  77. 77

    Get over it!!

  78. 78

    You are so full of shit. If you're not out for the publicity of this, shut your mouth. QUIT talking about it. No one cares. You got hit. You know how many people get punched daily? You're not the only one. Quit whining. Your life was NOT threatened. You got punched and to be completely honest if you were yelling those derogatory comments at me, I would have clocked you in the face too. You were asking for trouble. You should have kept your comments to yourself. Take the high road some may say. But you didn't. You're a disgrace to the gay community as well as America. Suck it up and quit being a little whiney bitch. You have a black eye. A well deserved black eye. Get over it. Everyone is sick of hearing about it. So do the world a favor and stfu.

  79. 79

    Yall should have punched that bitch back.

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    I am sorry for what happened to you PEREZ, you don't deserve it, nobody does.
    As a battered woman who's husband never went to prison for the crime he commited against me but is doing time for fighting dogs I can tell you.. I know how much it hurts and know that at least one person, me, is here and defending where you are today. I'M SORRY.

  82. 82

    Jesus Christ… get over yourself you little bitch. You got punched in the face…. about time someone did it.

  83. 83

    you are a walking contradiction. you advocate equal rights for gays yet you throw out offensive slurs against them. you try to excuse yourself by blaming the situation, but it's often the most intense situations that bring out the truth in people. and from the looks of it, it appears that the true perez hilton is a vulgar hypocrite.

  84. 84

    Re: Paullie – And yet you read it, asshole!

  85. 85

    Yet you still don't apologize for using the word "f**got" or calling Will.I.Am a "thug" for no apparent reason. So, you're basically saying, it's okay to stir the pot but when someone snaps it's bad? Are you serious? You were verbally abusing Fergie and YOU verbally assaulted Will and got punched in the face for it. Before blaming someone else, man up and accept responsibility for YOUR actions, which you have yet to do. You better not call anyone out on using an anti-gay slur, because you're the first one in line on the idiot train. You're a disgrace and I'm sorry I ever came to your site in the first place.

  86. 86

    You go Mario! Take that bastard out, don't settle for nothin!

    To all of the pigs on this board, get lives. If you derive gratification via posting negative comments condoning the behavior Mario experienced, you really need some help.

  87. 87

    Whatever you say what you want to say Perez! You can't please everyone!

  88. jkam says – reply to this


    I love you Perez/Mario! Stay strong.

  89. 89

    I think u should stop trying to justify what you said and just say you're sorry….playing the victim card is never attractive Perez. I like you, but seriously, your posts are generally mean-spirited…you're gonna piss some people off and this will probably won't be the last time someone takes you task for it…..better get use to it and learn to handle yourself better….

  90. Wrenn says – reply to this


    You have been assaulting people with words for years. You can dish it out but you can't take it. 99.9% of the comments that I have read are totally pro Will.i.am. Just wish he would have kicked your ass a little harder. If you can't take the heat…get out of the kitchen.

  91. 91

    good for you, perez.

  92. 92

    People are full of shit.
    You are incredibly right. NO ONE deserves such treatment.
    FUCK YOU, people who say people deserve to be hit.
    NO FUCKING ONE has a right to lay a hand on someone without the other person's permission.
    NO ONE.
    Grow the fuck up and don't get involved in immature ass shit.

  93. 93

    Isnt this telling you something??? Wake up and realize what is happening here….

  94. 94


    those douche bags are just weak and unintellignet they couldn't hurt you with words so like the thugs low lives they are they used their fists…I'm glad you're ok, and they are the ones who look like weak assholes who couldn't articulate their frustration into words…and know this only hypocritical morons are the ones screaming "you deserved it" meanwhile these same morons come to YOUR blog to read what YOU say and to comment on what YOU write…and then condemne YOU for saying it. just think of those fools everytime you skip your sexy lil ass to the bank and cash your next check.

    cheers doll…smile!!

  95. 95

    BTW you still owe GLAAD a fucking apology. To say that you don't is ridiculous. I hope your site is bombarded with hate mail from this day forward you self righteous prick.

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    You are in my prayers Perez, stay strong.

  98. 98

    I love you Perez!!!!!!!

  99. 99

    Seriously, shut up Perez. You're making yourself look worse and worse. Just. SHUT. UP.

  100. 100

    Expect us.

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