Paris Hilton continued to do damage control Thursday, apologizing for saying gay men were “disgusting” and “probably had AIDS.”
“I am so sorry and so upset that I caused pain to my gay friends, fans and their families,” Hilton said in part of a lengthy apology she released to the the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD.) “Gay people are the strongest and most inspiring people I know.”
Hilton’s apology comes the same day an audio recording of her speaking about gay people appeared on the Internet. The audio was recorded as Hilton was riding in a cab with “an openly gay male model” during New York Fashion Week in the early morning hours of Friday, September 7.
Shortly after the tape was posted Hilton’s publicist said her comments were expressions of concern about the dangers of unprotected sex, not homophobic slurs.
Hilton’s publicist confirmed the recording was authentic, but said, “It was not her intent to make any derogatory comments about all gays.” [CNN]
TMZ reported this morning that Bynes was kicked out of a spin class at an L.A. Equinox gym for acting weird. She apparently took off her shirt to reveal a black pushup bra and stopped exercising midway through to begin reapplying her makeup. This offended the instructor so much that he asked her to leave. She wasn’t bothering anyone else; she was just putting on makeup. But I guess she didn’t show the proper respect to the Spinning Instructor. “How dare you defy me, isolent Earth child!!!” the instructor yelled into his little headset mic thing. “Leave this place!!” And so she did. But she’s not banned from the gym entirely. Seems the instructor took it a step too far and just wanted to be a part of the ongoing Amanda Bynes saga.
Bynes recently told People magazine that she is “amazing,” setting off on a new life course. “I am retired as an actor. I am moving to New York to launch my career. I am going to do a fashion line.” [People; TMZ]
Actress Jennifer Aniston has reportedly banned her ailing mother Nancy, 76, from attending her wedding as she has been talking about her daughter`s private life very openly. Engaged to actor Justin Theroux, Aniston had a rocky relationship with her mother ever since she blabbed too much about her personal matters in a 1996 television interview. “Being at Jennifer`s wedding to Justin was one of Nancy`s greatest late-in-life dreams, but now that dream is shattered,” a source was quoted saying. “But when Nancy started asking a bunch of questions about the upcoming event, it set off an alarm in Jennifer`s head. She realized her mom was gossiping way too much about her wedding plans. “Now she has banned Nancy from the nuptials, just like she banned her from her wedding to Brad Pitt back in 2000,” the source added.
Paris Hilton has been caught on tape making homophobic and derogatory statements about gay men who have random sex with strangers even stating “most of them probably have AIDS.”
A spokesperson for Hilton said:
“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.”
On the audio Paris says at one point, Gay guys are the horniest people in the world. They’re disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS.”
The heiress was in Manhattan for New York Fashion Week and in the early morning hours of Friday, September 7, Paris remarks were caught on tape by a cab driver, when her pal, who is an openly gay male model, is heard in the audio clip describing Grindr, an app that gay men use to locate other gay men for hookups.
The male friend says: “Say I log into Grindr, someone that’s on Grindr can be in that building and it tells you all the locations of where they are and you can be like, ‘Yo, you wanna f**k?’ and he might be on like, the sixth floor,” the pal says.
“Ewww. Eww. To get f**ked? Gay guys are the horniest people in the world,” Paris is heard saying in the exclusive audio in response.
“They’re disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS.”
The driver was reported saying: “I couldn’t believe what was coming out of Paris’ mouth and the way she was talking about gay men.”
Nearly halfway into the 50-second clip, Paris is heard saying she’d be afraid to be a gay man and again throws the AIDS card into the mix.
Monica Lewinsky, the White House intern whose affair with then-President Bill Clinton shook the country, is reportedly planning to write a kiss-and-tell memoir.
Lewinsky, who is turning 40 soon, has told friends she will release love letters she wrote to Clinton and release intimate details of their liaisons, which included sex acts in the Oval Office, the New York Post reports.
The intern from Los Angeles also plans to dish the dirt on Bill Clinton’s troubled marriage to Hillary Rodham Clinton in the book, which she hopes will earn a $12 million fee.
Revelations about Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky, which he famously denied, led to his impeachment by the Republican-led House of Representatives in 1999. But he won the fight to stay in office and left office with sky-high approval ratings.
In the decade and a half since she hit the headlines, Lewinsky earned a master’s degree and worked as a journalist. She also launched a failed handbag line.
“No one will hire her and she can’t get a job because of Clinton,” a friend told The Post. “She needs to make money somehow.” We’ll see if she will be a millionaire over night with the hefty fee attached to this book!
Lindsay Lohan was arrested in New York early Wednesday in connection with leaving the scene of an accident, New York police tell RadarOnline.com. The actress made contact with the knee of a pedestrian as she parked her Porsche Cayenne in a spot at Manhattan’s Dream Hotel at around 12:30 a.m. ET. Despite hitting the man, Lohan, 26, still went inside the hotel to attend an event with her passengers. When she left the hotel around 2:30 a.m., police were waiting for her as she stepped outside. The Long Island native was arrested on the misdemeanor, handcuffed, given a desk appearance ticket and released on her own recognizance. Police said Lindsay was “cooperative” while being taken into her custody and that alcohol was not involved. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital to be checked out.
Chicago students return to school on today after a teachers’ strike ended, thrilling parents who had to stay home from work to care for their kids, pay for alternative childcare or leave them with friends and relatives for more than a week.
Representatives of the 29,000 striking Chicago public school teachers and support staff voted on Tuesday to suspend their strike and accept a compromise agreement on a new three-year contract with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Some 350,000 kindergarten, elementary and high school students return to classes after missing seven school days in the third-largest U.S. school district after New York and Los Angeles.
It was the first time since 1987 that Chicago teachers had walked off the job and nearly everyone in the city seemed relieved that it was over.
“All our members are glad to back with their kids,” said Karen Lewis, the outspoken former high school chemistry teacher who heads the union. Lewis led the teachers out of the classroom over Emanuel’s demand for sweeping education reforms that the union believed were misguided.
Only a fraction of the students went to nearly 150 centers around Chicago set up to care for children during the strike. The union had warned that the city-run centers would be a “train wreck” with caregivers lacking proper credentials.
While there were no major problems, most parents opted to keep their children at home. Many kids passed the time by watching television, playing video games, doing crafts and chatting on social media.
“They’ve been around sleeping all day,” said parent Dawn McNamara of her daughter, a sophomore in high school, and her friends. “It seemed like it was going to take forever (to settle the strike),” McNamara said.
Teachers were all smiles as they left the vote to end the strike on Tuesday, with one overheard telling a colleague on her cell phone: “Tell our people we’re going back. We’re going to see our babies.”
Even the tough-talking mayor Emanuel choked up slightly at a press conference after the strike was called off. Emanuel said that he fought so hard for reforms because he had seen the blank stares of some children “whose vitality has been stripped from them, any sense of a promise or a future.”
“The only way I know to bridge that look in their eyes and the promise and opportunity that exists in the city of Chicago is in the classrooms of the schools,” Emanuel said.
While the strike ended, some of the issues that spawned it remain. Most Chicago public schools are struggling academically, the high school graduation rate lags the national average substantially and the school district is in dire financial straits.
The new it couple, Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis were seen out in NYC the other day having lunch and enjoying Central Park. Kunis, 29, had a big smile on her face during the outing with her 34-year-old boyfriend. The former That ’70s Show costars also made a pit stop in Central Park to enjoy the view — of one another! Kunis and Kutcher, both dressed in sneakers and shades, shared a big kiss while sitting on top of a big rock in the urban oasis.
The former Nickelodeon star locked herself in a West Hollywood dressing room for nearly two hours Monday, TMZ reports. Bynes, 26, was shopping at Los Angeles boutique Kin when she retreated into the room for an hour and 45 minutes, according to the shopping attendants who were present. A disoriented Bynes then attempted to leave with a bathing suit still on underneath her clothing. She also took a cab from the store.
Bynes’ strange behavior has been escalating as of late. On Sunday, her car was impounded after she was caught driving on a suspended license by Burbank Airport Police at 8 a.m. Earlier last week, Bynes had been photographed smoking from a pipe in her car, also on a suspended license. This follows a series of reckless driving incidents, including two hit-and-runs and a DUI, in the past year.
Bynes’ increasing driving troubles even spurred commentary from that other troubled former child actress, Lindsay Lohan, on Sunday. “Why did I get put in jail and a nickelodeon star has had NO punishment(s) so far,” asked Lohan, also 26, on her Twitter page.
Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon have opened up their baby brag book again! The 42-year-old singer has shared some personal photos of her 16-month-old sweethearts, Monroe (“Roe”) and Moroccan (“Roc”), on their website, dembabies.com, that were taken over the last six months. In one, the “American Idol” judge, who has said that swimming is her favorite exercise, is holding her two little water bugs in the pool. In another, the children’s dad, Nick Cannon, 31, leans down to give Roc a kiss on the cheek. Roc has a big smile on his face while resting a hand on the “America’s Got Talent” host’s knee.