Paris Hilton has issued an apology for her controversial comments about the gay community and AIDS, insisting “I wish I could take back every word.”
Hilton was secretly recorded by a cab driver, discussing the gay community, HIV, and the gay social networking site Grindr with friends in NYC earlier this month.
The audio, which is reported to have been doctored, featured Hilton saying “Gay guys are the horniest people in the world…most of them probably have AIDS. I would be so scared if I was a gay guy… you’ll like, die of AIDS.”
The socialite has now issued an apology for the statements, telling GLADD, “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.
“Gay people are the strongest and most inspiring people I know… 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.”