Black Eyed Peas manager Liborio Molina has apologized for punching gossip blogger Perez Hilton, but the camps haven’t exactly kissed and made up just yet.
An assault charge against Molina was dropped Wednesday after the manager issued a written apology to Hilton. Molina allegedly punched Hilton — whose real name is Mario Lavandeira — from behind outside a Toronto nightclub outside a Toronto nightclub following the MuchMusic Video Awards in June. Fists started flying after the openly gay blogger referred to Black Eyed Peas’ leader will.i.am as a slur for homosexuals. (Perez later told OUT Magazine that his initial reaction was to call Will the “N-word.”)
Molina’s lawyer, Mark Sandler, read the apology outside the courthouse.
“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.
Attorneys for the blogger said they were unhappy with the choice of words in the apology, but it would be grudingly accepted:
“Although accepting the fact that he shouldn’t resort to violence, he attempted to say that there was a precipitating cause,” Hilton’s lawyer, Brian Greenspan, said afterwards. “A sincere apology is a sincere apology.”