Toronto Police have charged Liborio “Polo” Molina, the manager of the [artist id="30064"]Black Eyed Peas[/artist], with assault after an early Monday morning (June 22) confrontation with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton .
A spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service told MTV News that Molina, 36, turned himself in to the service’s 52 Division branch Monday afternoon, just hours after the alleged assault took place outside Toronto’s Cobra nightclub. Per department policy, the name of the victim in the case will not be released, though Hilton himself said Molina hit him “two or three” times in the head.
Molina is due back in Toronto’s Old City Hall courthouse on August 5 to answer to the assault charge. According to the Canadian Criminal Code, he could face a maximum of five years in prison if prosecutors chose to charge him with an “indictable offense” or up to 18 months if he is charged with a “summary offense.”
In his last statement about the incident, Will.I.Am denied that he had anything to do with Hilton’s assault (saying, “Dude, apparently you were bleeding outside the club. I was, like, next to you by a tree. I was waiting for my car. … I didn’t hit you”), but he also didn’t address Hilton’s charges that he was punched by Molina.
Footage of the altercation — showing Hilton shouting at Will and Molina while fans and security guards looked on — appeared on TMZ.com, and then Tuesday (June 23), Canadian gossip site DrinkTheGlitter.com posted a photo purportedly showing the exact moment when Molina’s fist struck Hilton.
A spokesperson for the Black Eyed Peas’ label, Interscope Records, has not responded to MTV News’ requests for comment on the incident.