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Paris Hilton is doing damage control after her comments about the gay community shocked many people.
Hilton was in a cab with a gay friend in New York City during Fashion Week on Sept. 7 and after he told her about an app that you can use to find out the locations of other gay men in the hopes of having sex, she said "Ewww. Eww. ... Gay guys are the horniest people in the world. They're disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS."
The cab driver released the audio to RadarOnline, and soon after, her rep released the following statement:
“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. 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. Paris Hilton is a huge supporter of the gay community and would never purposefully make any negative statements about anyone’s sexual orientation."
Now Hilton is releasing a formal apology to GLAAD, USA Today reports.
“As anyone close to me knows, I always have been and always will be a huge supporter of the gay community. 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 wish I could take back every word,” she said.
“HIV/AIDS can hurt anyone, gay and straight, men and women. It's something I take very seriously and should not have been thrown around in conversation.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."