In a new statement posted on his Web site on Tuesday, gossip blogger Perez Hilton called his use of an anti-gay slur during an alleged altercation with the Black Eyed Peas' Will.I.Am and his manager "misguided," but continued to defend his right to employ such language if he feels threatened.
"I was in an out-of-the-ordinary situation and used a word that I would not utter under normal circumstances," the statement reads. "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."
Hilton uttered the slur outside a Toronto nightclub during an alleged fight between the blogger and Peas manager Liborio "Polo" Molina. Toronto police charged Molina with assault on Monday afternoon.
Hilton's statement follows an exchange between the blogger and the gay-rights organization GLAAD, which had asked Hilton to apologize for using the slur. Hilton at first responded to GLAAD's statement on Tuesday by saying the organization should apologize for criticizing him.
"Clearly, I am not homophobic," Hilton says in his new statement. "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."
Hilton also mentioned that this incident has instilled a new sense of compassion in him. "[T]here 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."