News: Perez Hilton Drops Assault Charges Against Black Eyed Peas' Manager, Accepts Apology
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2009 5:35PM
Outspoken celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has dropped assault charges against Black Eyed Peas manager Liborio Molina after publicly accusing him of beating him up last summer in Canada.
Molina reportedly apologized for the incident which resulted in the charges being dropped.
An assault charge against Molina was dropped Wednesday after the manager issued a written apology to Hilton. Molina was accused of punching Hilton - whose real name is Mario Lavandeira - outside a Toronto nightclub after the MuchMusic Video Awards in June. Molina's lawyer, Mark Sandler, read the apology outside the courthouse. "It said: 'I apologize for what I did on June 22 of 2009, even though you engaged in highly offensive comments, including a homophobic slur to my clients, I acknowledge that these kinds of issues should not be resolved through a physical response,"' Sandler read. (The Canadian Press)
Despite the apology, Molina must refrain from coming near Hilton.
Molina was ordered not to have any contact with Hilton and not to carry any weapons. He was also ordered to donate $500 to charity and to stay at least 100 metres away from the nightclub where the incident occurred. Molina wrote a letter of apology to Hilton which the judge accepted but Hilton has stated that the letter is 'not good enough remedy'. Hilton has also filed a $25,000 civil suit against Molina. (The Toronto Star)
Last June, Hilton accused Will.i.am and his camp of attacking him.
"I'm in shock," he wrote. "I need the police ASAP. Please come to the SoHo Metropolitian Hotel now. Please...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." (Perez Hilton's Twitter)
Will.i.am later responded by launching video responses where he said Hilton disrespected group member Fergie.
"It's one thing to tell your opinion and it's another thing to just go overboard and just be blatantly rude for no apparent reason," Will explained. "I was the one that came to him with respect, and he was the one who called me a f*ggot outside the club...Sounds like somebody wants mad attention and is not really concerned about his health...Shame on you, shame on your behavior, and that's just messed up." (New York Daily News)
Check out Will.i.am speaking on the incident below: