Last week, Twitter provided a forum for Iranians to speak out about what they saw as a fraudulent election. This week, Twitter allowed Perez Hilton to issue a cry for help.
According to a bunch of random celebrity sites, including the LA Times’ The Envelope, infamous celeb blogger Perez Hilton claims he was assaulted by Will.i.am at last night’s MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. Hilton issued this tweet after the alleged assault:
I was assaulted by Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas and his security guards. I am bleeding. Please, I need to file a police report. No joke.
I have a couple of thoughts here. 1) Perez, if this was a legitimate assault, wouldn’t it be more important to actually file said police report, rather than tweet about it? [UPDATE: According to Hilton’s video statement, linked below, he attempted to contact the police before Twittering about the incident.] 2) Will.i.am just doesn’t seem like the assaulting type. Maybe I’m biased by Will.i.am’s associations with our beloved Barry, but from my in-depth research — a history of liking his music and a perusal of his Wikipedia page — he doesn’t seem violent, nor does he seem to have a history of violence. Impressively, Will.i.am’s Wikipedia page has already been updated to include an entire separate section on the Perez Hilton assault, and that account claims that Hilton was rude to Fergie, so Will.i.am confronted him but did not hit him. Hmm.
Will.i.am responded to all of this with a video, which you can see here. (Call me a big bloggy nerd for saying this, but I find it sort of endearing that Will.i.am says “twitting” when he means “twittering” or “tweeting.” Yeah I just typed that.) Check out Hilton’s somewhat melodramatic statement about the incident here. I’m clearly leaning a little towards Will.i.am’s side here, but what are your thoughts? Can this all be blamed on a little too much booze?
UPDATE (6/25): Aaaand looks like Perez Hilton is filing a lawsuit. According to the same Yahoo! News article, Hilton (who is openly gay) called Will.i.am a “faggot” during the fight, but has since refused to apologize for his use of the term, despite requests to do so from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Not cool, Perez.
[Posted by Mallory]