Paris Hilton has sparked outrage after claiming gay men are "disgusting" and "probably have AIDS".
The hotel heiress apparently made the comments during a cab ride in New York City on September 7. Paris' team have accused the cab driver of secretly recording her conversation with a gay friend.
During their chat, a man is heard discussing Grindr - a popular website often used by homosexual men to find partners.
Paris is then heard saying: "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'll like die of AIDS."
A spokesperson for the 31-year-old star insists she is not a homophobe, and was merely condemning unsafe sex.
"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 representative told RadarOnline.com.
"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…
"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."
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