Celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton has taken punches from online critics for years. Now, apparently, he's feeling the pain in real life, too.
According to The Associated Press, Polo Molina, the manager for the Black Eyed Peas, turned himself into Toronto police Monday and was charged with assault. ABCNews.com's calls to Toronto police for comment was not immediately returned Monday.
Hilton, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira, detailed the incident with a series of tweets posted on his official Twitter page early this morning:
--" I'm in shock. I need the police ASAP. Please come to the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel now. Please."
-- "I was assaulted by will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and his security guards. I am bleeding. Please, I need to file a police report. No joke."
--" Still waiting for the police. The bleeding has stopped. I need to document this. Please, can the police come to the SoHo Met Hotel."
--" I spoke to my lawyer. I really need to talk to the authorities. Please come to the SoHo Met Hotel. Have called the police. Need them here."
-- "The Toronto police are here now. Thank you. Please stop calling them."
will.i.am responded to Hilton's allegations via a video posted on Dipdive.com Monday. In it, the hip-hop impresario says Hilton "disrespected" Fergie, a fellow Black Eyed Peas member and frequent PerezHilton.com target, at a MuchMusic awards show after party, then will.i.am says Perez called him a "faggot" when he asked Hilton to not be "blatantly rude" to the group on his gossip blog. will.i.am says fans who overheard the exchange "got all crazy" on Hilton following the exchange.
Hilton fired back with his own nearly 12-minute long video, posted on his Web site Monday. Lying in bed, Hilton claims will.i.am accosted him multiple times over the course of the night, ranting about how Hilton should respect him and the Black Eyed Peas. Then he says the band's manager punched him in the eye three times. The visibly heated Hilton adds he was bleeding when he touched his eye after the incident.
ABCNews.com's calls and e-mails to representatives for Hilton and will.i.am were not immediately returned Monday.