In a series of late-night (or early-morning) Twitter posts, Perez Hilton claimed that he was assaulted by the [artist id="30064"]Black Eyed Peas[/artist]‘ Will.I.Am and his security guards at a hotel in Toronto.
At around 3:45 a.m. Monday (June 22), Hilton wrote on his Twitter account that he was “in shock. I need the police ASAP. Please come to the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel now. Please.”
“I was assaulted by Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas and his security guards,” a second Tweet read. “I am bleeding. Please, I need to file a police report. No joke.”
In a series of subsequent posts, Hilton urged his readers to call the police, said he had spoken to his attorney, and finally wrote that “the Toronto police are here now … [they] are investigating the assault now. I did the right thing by reporting it.”
“I won’t be talking about this any further,” Hilton wrote. “It is in the hands of the authorities.”
Of course, Hilton then spent the next five hours answering fans’ Tweeted queries about the assault, assuring Miley Cyrus that he was “not kidding” and addressing Will.I.Am himself, writing that “there are multiple witnesses. You can deny all you want. The truth is the truth and I am telling the truth.”
Hoping to tell his side of what happened, Will.I.Am posted a video on Dipdive, the site he helped create last year when he released his Barack Obama “Yes We Can” video. According to him, it was Hilton that was the aggressor, and while the two did have a rather spirited discussion, he had nothing to do with the gossip maven’s alleged assault.
“Tonight was a good night and a crazy night. … I’m DJing at a club called Ultra, and Fergie approaches Perez Hilton and says, ‘Hey, do you have a problem with me?’ and Perez says, ‘No, I just don’t like your record,’ which is cool,” Will.I.Am said in his video. “But he just really disrespects her. He, like, digs in and hurts her feelings. Like, it’s one thing to tell your opinions, and it’s another thing to go overboard and be blatantly rude for no apparent reason. … Fergie then comes to me, very emotional, and it makes me emotional because that’s my sister and that’s a dear friend to me.
“Our party is over with so I go to another afterparty … and then I see the guy. And I go up to him and I say, ‘Hey can you do me a favor Perez? … Can you not be blatantly rude with our group on your Web site?’ ” Will continued. “And he said, ‘I don’t respect you.’ And I’m like, ‘What? OK, if you don’t respect me that’s cool.’… So this dude walks
away, I leave and then he says, ‘You know, that was very f—-t of you for coming at me like that.’ … This dude says in front of a whole bunch of people, fans outside, ‘You’re a f—-t, Will.I.Am.’ … So all these fans are like, ‘You gonna let him talk to you like that?’ and I’m like, ‘Yo, it’s cool, dude, that’s just how that dude is.’ So he walks away and one of the fans gets all crazy and they start some stuff with Perez Hilton, and I’m just sitting there just minding my own business waiting for a car and whatnot. But it just goes to show you how crazy things can get.”
A spokesperson for the Black Eyed Peas’ label, Interscope Records, could not be reached for comment on the incident. MTV News’ calls to the Toronto Police Service’s Public Information Unit were not returned by press time.
Both Hilton and Will.I.Am were in Toronto for the 2009 MuchMusic Video Awards, where the Black Eyed Peas performed and took home the award for International Group of the Year.