Celebrity-blogger Perez Hilton, 36, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira, went on Twitter early this morning to claim he was assaulted outside Cobra nightclub on King Street West in Toronto shortly after 3 a.m. following last night’s MuchMusic Video Awards. Hilton was a presenter at the awards. Hilton’s first tweet, at 4 a.m., read: “I’m in shock. I need the police ASAP. Please come to the SoHo Metropolitan 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.” A few moments later, he tweeted: “Still waiting for the police. The bleeding has stopped. I need to document this. Please, can the police come to the SoHo Met Hotel.” Later, he tweeted, “The Toronto police are here now. Thank you. Please stop calling them.”
Will.i.am recorded a video response denying the allegations, saying: “I was the one who came to him with respect and he was the one who called me a faggot outside the club. Whatever…. Come on dude, I didn’t hit you. I told you that I didn’t like the fact that you disrespected us, it’s cool to have your opinion but dude, apparently you were bleeding outside the club. I was like, next to you by a tree, waiting for my car. Instead of calling the police, you tweeted that I assaulted you. Sounds like somebody wants mad attention and is not really concerned about his health.” He also created a twitter account to say “perez hilton is a liar….” to which Hilton responded: “There are multiple witnesses. You can deny all you want. The truth is the truth and I am telling the truth.” Hilton later released a video response in which he said that he did call 911 before he began tweeting but that they felt he wasn’t in immediate danger. He tearfully thanks the people who called people as a result of his tweets, because then the police took him more seriously. He also makes it clear that Will. I. Am’s manager was the one who assaulted him. Police have charged Molina Liborio with one count of assault.