Rapper Nicki Minaj has lashed out at celebrity blogger Perez Hilton for publishing a "misleading" report online, which suggested that one of her back-up dancers had been arrested for the murder of a fan in Japan.
Irish student Nicola Furlong was found dead in her Tokyo hotel room on May 25, just hours after she had watched the "Super Bass" hitmaker perform live the previous evening.
Police have taken two American males into custody in connection with Furlong's death, and on Thursday Minaj paid tribute to the fan on Twitter.
But the hip-hop star was furious when she read an article on PerezHilton.com under the headline, "Nicki Minaj's backup dancer arrested as suspect in murder case!," accompanied with side-by-side photos of the rapper and the alleged dancer Hilton linked to the crime, James Blackston.
Minaj has slammed the allegations, insisting no one in her entourage has been questioned or arrested over the incident. The star has also taken aim at Hilton for wrongly identifying the man in the picture as her dancer.
In a series of angry Twitter posts directed at Hilton, she writes, "my dancers had nothing to do w/ this tragedy. No one in my entourage was questioned or arrested. They all flew home from Japan."
"That person on your sight (sic) is NOT my dancer. We do NOT know the men in custody. Too much misleading information."
The original Perez Hilton article has since been removed from the website, but new post later appeared which reads, "Sounds to us then like these monsters may have lied about being associated with Her Minajesty just to lure these poor girls in."
According to Irish Central, Tokyo police released the following statement about the incident: "These two men allegedly took advantage of a female unable to resist due to the fact she was in a comatose state from a highly alcoholic beverage.... As that is an indecent act, they have been charged with quasi forcible indecency." In Japan, "quasi forcible indecency" is sexual assault.
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