Paris Hilton's team have had to move quickly to try and minimalize damage caused by the socialite and reality star's recent comments about gay people. TMZ reports that in a cab ride through New York City on September 7th, the driver brought up the topic of the gay dating website Grindr, to which an appalled Hilton replied "Ewwww ... 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."

Having been leaked to the public, these words obviously haven't gone down too well with the homosexual community, and so a statement has been hastily released by Hilton's people. "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 statement read. "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 added.

There was more: "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." It finished by saying "Paris Hilton is a huge supporter of the gay community and would never purposefully make any negative statements about anyone's sexual orientation." Dig dig dig.