Peas manager charged in Perez Hilton fight

Mon Jun 22, 2009 6:34pm EDT
 
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By Etan Vlessing

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Toronto police have charged the manager of chart-topping hip-hop band the Black Eyed Peas with assault after a confrontation with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton at Sunday's MuchMusic Video Awards.

Liborio Molina, 36, was ordered to appear at Old City Hall in Toronto on August 5 to answer the assault charge.

Hilton first alerted the police via Twitter that he had apparently been involved in an altercation with the Black Eyed Peas entourage at an awards show afterparty during the early hours of Monday morning.

"I'm in shock. I need the police ASAP. Please come to the Soho Metropolitan Hotel now. Please," Hilton tweeted at around 3 a.m., according to local media reports.

Hilton's next message alleged that he had been assaulted by will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas and his security guards. "I am bleeding. Please, I need to file a police report. No joke," he added.

Will.i.am reportedly created his own Twitter account to deny Hilton's story.

Hilton was a presenter at the MuchMusic Video Awards, and Black Eyed Peas performed and picked up an award for best international video group for their hit "Boom Boom Pow," which has spent 11th weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

(Editing by Dean Gooodman at Reuters)

 
<p>Perez Hilton arrives at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles September 7, 2008. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>