Paris Hilton. Picture: AFP
Socialite and reality TV star Paris Hilton has landed in ‘hot water’ after reportedly referring to gay men as 'disgusting' and further claiming most of them ‘probably have Aids’.
According to NY Daily News, Paris was heard in a voice recording, which was recorded by a New York taxi driver saying: "Gay guys are the horniest people in the world ... they're disgusting."
"Dude, most of them probably have AIDS," Paris added.
According to reports, Paris, who has fairly maintained a low-profile lately, allegedly made the ‘homophobic’ comment while discussing a new app called Grindr with a gay friend. The app is reportedly for gays to locate sexual partners.
Shortly after the recording of the heiress was leaked, Hilton's rep came out defending her client, claiming her words were taken out of context.
"Paris Hilton's comments were to express that it is dangerous for anyone to have unprotected sex that could lead to a life threatening disease."
"The conversation became heated, after a close gay friend told her in a cab ride, a story about a gay man who has AIDS and is knowingly having unprotected sex. He also discussed a website that encourages random sex by gay men with strangers," Hilton's rep was quoted as saying.
The rep added that 'Paris Hilton is a huge supporter of the gay community'.
"As she was being shown the website her comments were in reference to those people promoting themselves on the site. The cab driver, who recorded this, only provided a portion of the conversation.
"It was not her intent to make any derogatory comments about all gays," the rep continued. "Paris Hilton is a huge supporter of the gay community and would never purposefully make any negative statements about anyone's sexual orientation."
Paris herself took to her Twitter page to apologise to the gay community. Tweeting:
She further sent an apology published on Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) website in which she says:
Gay people are the strongest and most inspiring people I know. It is so wrong when people bully or put down others for being gay. No one should have to go through that.
Again, I am so sorry from the bottom of my heart and I feel absolutely horrible. I hope that everyone can accept my apology and know that it is not who I am or how I feel in any way.....
It is however, not the first time the daughter of businessman Richard Howard "Rick" Hilton has been in trouble; back in 2010 she received public backlash after a photograph surfaced of her allegedly doing a 'Nazi pose' while aboard a yacht.