Black Eyed Peas‘ Polo Molina has seen an assault charge filed by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton against him dropped.
Molina was accused of punching Hilton, real name Mario Lavandeira, outside a Toronto nightclub after the MuchMusic Video Awards in June after the blogger allegedly made a homophobic slur about band member Will.I.Am.
But an assault charge against Molina was dropped yesterday (November 18) after he issued a written apology to the celebrity blogger.
Molina also agreed not to contact Hilton except through his lawyer, not to carry a weapon for 12 months, not to come within 100 metres of Cobra NightClub, where the alleged incident took place, and to donate $500 (£300) to Toronto‘s Red Door Family Shelter, reports the Canadian Press Association.
His lawyer read the written apology outside court, saying: “I apologise for what I did on June 22 of 2009. Even though you [Hilton] 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.”
Hilton‘s lawyers said they were unhappy with the choice of words in the apology, but it was ultimately accepted.
“Although accepting the fact that he shouldn’t resort to violence, he attempted to say that there was a precipitating cause,” the celebrity blogger’s lawyer Brian Greenspan, said. “A sincere apology is a sincere apology.”
Following the incident, Hilton filed a lawsuit alleging battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress and sought unspecified damages in excess of $25,000 (£15,000).