Will.i.Am vs. Perez Hilton in Assault Dispute

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Will.I.Am / Perez Hilton
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Melissa Goldstein

In the wake of an altercation between celeb blogger Perez Hilton and Black Eyed Peas mastermind Will.i.Am, both parties have taken the web with their side of the story.

According to Hilton, the beef started during a dress rehearsal for the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto last Saturday when Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie approached the blogger about his recent criticisms of the band's new album, The E.N.D.. At an after-party following the ceremony on Sunday, Will.i.Am confronted Hilton at a nightclub. The altercation led to the band's manager, Liborio "Polo" Molina, allegedly hitting Hilton.

Hilton announced the battery directly following the incident via Twitter.

"I was assaulted by Will.i.Am of the Black Eyed Peas and his security guards," Hilton wrote. "I am bleeding. Please, I need to file a police report. No joke."

Responding to the allegations, Will.i.Am posted a video on his website Dipdive.

"Tonight was a good night and a crazy night," he begins. He then goes on to recount how he confronted Hilton after the blogger made disparaging remarks about the Black Eyed Peas' latest album to bandmate Fergie. After approaching Hilton about the remarks, Will.i.Am alleges that the celeb blogger called him "a faggot."

"This dude says in front of a whole bunch of people, fans outside, 'You're a faggot, Will.i.Am,'" the rapper explained. "So all these fans are like, 'You gonna let him talk to you like that?'"

Will.i.Am claimed to have walked away, at which point he said a fan physically attacked Hilton on his behalf.

Hilton later posted his own 12-minute account of what happened.

"Violence is never the answer," Hilton said in the video. "I know that I say things that can really upset people. That's never a reason to hit someone."

He then went on to dispute the truth of Will.i.Am's video account:"He lied. Will.i.Am is a coward and a disgusting human being for lying. And I'm making this video because I want to make it clear that I would never make up something like this. I would never lie about something so serious."

Hilton admitted to calling Will.i.Am a "faggot," saying "I knew that was going to set him off, but I didn't want to get into a fight with this person." He also claimed that after leaving the club, Will.i.Am's manager, Polo, "comes up to me, clocks me in the eye and punches me two or three times."

According to the Associated Press, Molina has been charged with assault and will have his first court hearing on August 5.

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