A rep for Paris Hilton is trying to clarify remarks the hotel heiress made suggesting gay men are "disgusting" and that most of them "probably have AIDS."
The bizarre comments were part of a conversation Hilton was having with a gay friend in the back of a New York taxi, that the driver had recorded. The taped conversation has been posted on RadarOnline. On the tape, her friend is explaining how a gay hook-up app called Grindr works, "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?'"
Hilton replies,"Ewww. Eww. To get f***ed? Gay guys are the horniest people in the world. They're disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS. I would be so scared if I was a gay guy, you might like, die of AIDS."
The taxi driver tells Radar, "I couldn't believe what was coming out of Paris' mouth and the way she was talking about gay men."
Her publicist jumped in to provide some damage control, saying, "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."
CNN reports the publicist goes on to say, "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."