UPDATE: After this story broke, Paris Hilton apologized for her remarks. Read about her apology here.
Paris Hilton is feeling the heat after an audio recording of the hotel heiress claiming that "most" gay men on Grindr "probably have AIDS" during a taxi ride conversation surfaced.
As Radar Online reports, the audio was reportedly recorded by a taxi driver on Sept. 7 in New York, during Hilton's Fashion Week visit to the city. During a conversation with a friend about Grindr, the popular social app for gay men, the 31-year-old starlet loudly proclaims, "Gay guys are the horniest people in the world...they're disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS."
After the friend briefly describes a gay man's use of Grindr to find casual sex, Hilton then concludes, "I would be so scared if I was a gay guy...you'll, like, die of AIDS."
You can listen to the full audio on RadarOnline here (Warning: There is graphic language).
A publicist for Hilton quickly released a statement about the tape. "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 rep is quoted as saying. "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."
Stressing that only a portion of the star's comments were recorded, the publicist then noted, "Paris Hilton is a huge supporter of the gay community and would never purposefully make any negative statements about anyone’s sexual orientation.”