Other than Tweeting extensively during the incident, Perez Hilton managed to keep silent about his alleged assault at the hands of the Black Eyed Peas' Will.I.Am for about five hours.
In an emotional message, Hilton — sporting a bruise under his right eye — painted himself to be the victim, accused the Black Eyed Peas' manager, Polo Molina, of sucker-punching him, and called Will.I.Am a "f---ing liar" for suggesting that a fan assaulted him.
"Violence is never the answer," Hilton said. "No matter what anyone says ... another person should never be hit. ... I know that I say things that can really upset people. That's never a reason to hit someone. I've been doing this for five years now, and nothing like this has ever happened to me. ... I've never had someone attack me like this. It's wrong, and I'm not going to stand for it. And Will.I.Am made a video and he lied. Will.I.Am is a coward and a disgusting human being for lying. And I'm making this video because I want to make it clear that I would never make up something like this. I would never lie about something so serious."
Hilton then gave his account of what happened, saying that the entire incident started backstage at the Much Music Video Awards, when a member of the Black Eyed Peas' entourage "shouldered" him in an aggressive manner. That tension eventually came to a head at an afterparty with the confrontation between Hilton and Fergie that Will.I.Am described. But, according to Hilton, he then left to go to another party at Toronto's Cobra nightclub, at which point, Will confronted him "aggressively."
"Will.I.Am comes into the club, sees me [and], like a heat-seeking missile, comes directly towards me and he says, 'Yo I need you to do me a favor, I need you to never write about my band on your Web site again,' right in my face, he was saying this, very aggressively. I was not wanting to antagonize him. ... He was screaming, and I said 'Listen, I can't make any promises, but I'll try,' " Hilton said. "And then he says 'Why are you disrespecting me?' ... And that's when I made the split-second decision that I was going to say what I thought was the worst possible thing that a thug would ever want to hear. ... I told him, 'And you know what, I don't need to respect you ... and you're a f--. You're gay and stop being such a f----t.' And I knew that was going to set him off, but I didn't want to get into a fight with this person, so we leave. [He] followed me outside of the club ... then his manager, Polo, whom I have met before, from behind, comes up to me, clocks me in the eye and punches me two or three times. I am in shock. I just did not know what to do."
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.