Charges Dropped In Perez-Peas Punchup

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.
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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.”

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