Perez Sorry for Gay 'F Word'

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jun 25, 2009 7:58 AM CDT
Perez Hilton arrives on the red carpet at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
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(Newser) – Celeb blogger Perez Hilton has apologized for using the "F word" gay slur in his dust-up with the Black Eyed Peas. Band manager Polo Molino has been charged with assault for allegedly punching Hilton after the gossip maven dissed Will.i.am after a video awards show in Toronto. GLAAD called on Hilton to apologize for his anti-gay slur.

"I am apologizing to the gay community, to anyone who was hurt by my choice of words," wrote Hilton, who is gay. "The 'F' word will never be uttered from my lips again." He promised to donate any gains from his lawsuit against Molino to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. But Hilton's contrition may have had an ulterior motive, Gawker points out—he could have faced criminal persecution for using the word under Canadian hate law.
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