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Black Eyed Peas Manager Charged With Alleged Perez Hilton Attack

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Liborio "Polo" Molina, manager for hip-hop/pop group Black EyedPeas, is being charged with hitting celebrity blogger Perez Hilton Mondaymorning outside of Toronto'sCobra nightclub, the Toronto Star reports.

Molina is scheduled to appear in Toronto's Old City Hall court on August 5, facing one count of assault.

In a video statement posted on PerezHilton.com, Hilton accuses Molina ofapproaching him from behind and hitting him in the eye several times, drawingblood.

Shortly after 3 a.m. Monday, Hilton announced via his Twitter page that hehad been assaulted by "Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and his securityguards" and that he needed to "file a police report."

Within an hour, the Black Eyed Peas frontman released a video response toHilton's accusations, dismissing them as lies.

Hilton and the Black Eyed Peas were in Toronto to participate in theMuchMusic Awards. Hilton says the incident developed over the course ofseveral exchanges throughout the night.

According to Hilton, Black Eyed Peas member Fergie approached him backstageat the awards show to complain about Hilton's negative coverage of the group onhis site.

After maintaining that he was a Fergie fan but had a right to be objectiveabout the new Black Eyed Peas album, he says that a member of the Black EyedPeas intentionally bumped into him when passing by.

Hilton says that joking to press about the bump escalated matters.

When attending another after party, Hilton says that Fergie approached himagain, expressing disappointment about his coverage, adding that she thoughtthey were on good terms. While Hilton says that his conversations with Fergiewere civil, things were intense when he saw will.i.am at another event.

According to Hilton, will.i.am angrily confronted him, telling him not towrite about the Black Eyed Peas on his site and demanded that he showwill.i.am respect.

As the argument ensued, Hilton admits to calling will.i.am "gay"and a "fa--ot," which Hilton says infuriated will.i.am.

After Hilton exited the club, he accuses will.i.am and Molina of following him,and Molina ultimately punching him in the face.

In his emotional 11-minute video response, Hilton says that he has neverbeen physically attacked because of something he has written.

"I've been doing this for 5 years now and nothing like this has everhappened to me," Hilton says. "I've had people scream at me. I've hadpeople write nasty things on other blogs. I've had people sue me, but never hadsomeone attack me like this. It is wrong and I'm not going to stand forit."

In will.i.am's statement, released before Hilton clarified that it wasMolina who actually hit him, he suggests that Hilton blamed him as a publicitystunt.

"Dude, apparently, you were bleeding outside the club," will.i.amsays, flatly. "Instead of calling the police, you twitted that I assaultedyou. Sounds like somebody wants mad attention and is not concerned about hishealth."

Hilton is outraged by will.i.am's denial and calls him a coward. 

Hilton refers to will.i.am as a thug and says, "I would have morerespect if you hit me yourself."

Hilton is entitled to his opinion, even though I think thathe crosses the line of decency everyday in his blog. Common sense should havetold him that creating an outlet based on writing borderline slanderous blogsabout people would keep him in the hot seat. Plus, he continued to provoke the Black Eyed Peas further with name calling and talking to the press throughout the night.

It's really not that hard toignore those who hate. And I mean hate in the hip-hop sense of the word--the act of dissing just because you can. For the most part, will.i.am has only represented positivity and has been one of the very few artists in hip-hop who has kept a clean record. If it is true that will.i.am's manager is guilty of hitting Hilton, I would ask will if it was worth engaging at all with this nonsense to have your good name tarnished?

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