Socialite Paris Hilton is in hot water over an anti-gay comment she made while sharing a cab in New York with her openly gay male friend.
According to Radaronline, Paris was in town for New York Fashion week and jumped in a cab in the wee hours of the morning on Sept. 7. She wasn’t aware that she was being recorded and spoke openly about gay men having sex with strangers and stating that “most of them probably have AIDS.”
In the 50-second clip, Paris is heard saying, “Gay guys are the horniest people in the world. They’re disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS.”
The cab driver told RadarOnline, “I couldn’t believe what was coming out of Paris’ mouth and the way she was talking about gay men.”
According to Paris’s reps, the audio was taken out of context. TMZ reported that her rep released a statement saying, “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.”
Earlier on Friday, the blonde bombshell was doing damage control by saying sorry “from the bottom” of her heart for insulting gay people.
In a statement on the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) website, she said: “I am so sorry and so upset that I caused pain to my gay friends, fans and their families with the comments heard this morning. I was having this private conversation with a friend of mine who is gay and our conversation was in no way towards the entire gay community. It is the last thing that I would ever want to do and I cannot put into words how much I wish I could take back every word.” She also proclaimed gay people to be among “the most inspiring” individuals she knows because many have to overcome bullying. Paris added: “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.”