Jun 23, 2009

Ok, so I was on a plane to Denver when all the festivities went down yesterday betweeen Perez Hilton and will.i.am of the Black Eye Peas, but here is what I have been able to gather by going to different sites:

Via Eurweb:

Gossip blogger Perez Hilton sent a flurry of Twitter messages early Monday claiming that he was beaten up by Will.i.am of the group Black Eyed Peas and his security guards in Toronto, but he later clarified that it was the group's manager that threw the punches.

Both parties were in the city attending the MuchMusic Awards when the alleged incident took place outside of an after party at a Toronto nightclub.

Hilton, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira, tweeted at about 4 a.m. on Monday: "I was assaulted by Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas and his security guards. I am bleeding. Please, I need to file a police report. No joke."

It was followed up by tweets urging followers to call the Toronto police. He would explain later Monday that he called the police before he started tweeting folks to call the precinct because the cops weren't responding quickly enough.

"I won't be talking about this any further," Hilton tweeted after cops arrived. "It is in the hands of the authorities."

The matter quickly moved from Twitter to the Internet, as will.i.am posted an early morning video on his website DipDive.com explaining his side of what happened and that Hilton was punched by a fan, not by someone in his camp

At 10:18, Perez responded with an emotional and expletive-filled videotaped statement detailing his side of the story and calling will.i.am a "f***ing liar" for pinning the punch on "a random fan."

Both Hilton and will.i.am say that Peas member Fergie first approached Hilton at the MuchMusic Awards dress rehearsal and asked him why he doesn't like their new album. Both parties also agree that Hilton reiterated his dislike for their new music.

Both sides say that Fergie ran into Hilton again on Sunday at an after party and said, "Perez, I thought we were cool." Another conversation followed and the matter was dropped.

At a second after party early Monday, Hilton came face to face with will.i.am – and in both of their accounts, Hilton, who is openly gay, called will.i.am a "faggot" after the musician told him not to blog about their band ever again. Both sides state that will.i.am responded by demanding that Hilton respect him, to which the blogger said, "No, I don't respect you, you are such a 'faggot.'"

Hilton said in his online video statement that he specifically chose that gay slur because he "knew it would set him off."

The two ended up face to face again moments later outside of the club at the valet. This is where the two stories diverge. Will.i.am claims a fan overheard their argument and punched Hilton in the face. Hilton says will.i.am's tour manager Polo Molina came up from behind and punched him three times on the side of his head.

By Monday afternoon, the police had charged BEP's tour manager Polo Molina with assault for the punch after he turned himself in.

The official account from Toronto Police Constable Tony Vella, reported by the Associated Press, had Hilton getting into an argument with Fergie and will.i.am at the Cobra nightclub early Monday morning and being punched outside by Molina.

Here is a grainy video of Perez getting punched:

Here is Will.I.Am giving his side of the story:

Now check after the jump to see Perez Hilton's explanation of what happened.

Perez Hilton gives his side of the story:

The whole thing is pretty damn comical to me. I guess we can use a little comic relief given what is going on in the world today.


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