23 Jun Perez Hilton Releases New Statement; My Response
Since we posted Wil I Am’s video and rebuttal but not Perez’s video because it was exclusive to his site in order to generate hits off of what happened, here is his response.
We lifted this from his site as he has lifted countless stories from here:
To read what he said and my response….
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
OK first, learn how to make paragraphs. You do it so well on your site. 2nd, you spelled situation wrong. On a blog, it’s fine. On a legal statement, not so much.
I have been fair in this whole situation and I must call some BS right here. You ran up to him bro. It’s on video. There were witnesses. All he asked you to do was stop posting about him and Fergie on your site. No threats. No nothing. You ran up on him outside the club. It’s all on video Perez.
Also, you claim that you never were a spokesperson for the Gay Community. As we told you first here, Perez was a member of GLAAD. It is also total BS Perez that you were never a spokesperson for the Gay Community. In marches last month in Los Angeles after prop 8 was upheld, you made it a point to be seen with as many celebs as possible at these rallies. You were listed on a Prop H8 video as CELEB BLOGGER/GAY RIGHTS ACTIVIST.
Straight up, you did not deserve to be hit. For so long, you have been able to say what you want about celebs and feel that you are one of them or above them to say or do what you want. You using the word “F*****” over and over again, GLAAD contacting you to take it back, and you wouldn’t, only after having your lawyer give you legal advice did you take it back. Coward and so in the wrong.
You pushing this incident is making it worse on yourself. He was in the wrong for hitting you. You were in the wrong for so many other things. Violence is not the answer. We have freedom of speech here, but your words are like weapons to so many. A majority of Hollywood fears you and is only nice to you because they are afraid you will attack them. Hopefully, those days are over.-Dr.FB