Paris Hilton hit out at a hoaxer who created a tweet pretending she had got the late Nelson Mandela confused with Martin Luther King.
The 32-year-old star slammed the 'stupid fake tweet', which was disguised to look as though it had been written from her official Twitter account and alleged the blonde heiress thought the former South African President, who died last night aged 95, was behind the 'I Have a Dream' speech made famous by the Civil Rights Movement leader.
The fake tweet, which was retweeted heavily, read:
After being inundated with messages of abuse over the made up tweet, Paris hit back, tweeting a real tribute to the late anti-apartheid revolutionary, who died peacefully at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Meanwhile other stars have rushed to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela after he passed away yesterday.
Just hours before his passing a Royal Premiere was held in London for the film 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom', based on Mandela's 1994 autobiography, starring Idris Elba as the political figure. Speaking at the event, Idris told ITV news: 'I think he means freedom and forgiveness. I think Mandela's legacy for me is forgiveness.'
His co-star Naomie Harris, who portrays Nelson's wife, Winnie Mandela, added: 'He is an incredible individual who, despite having 27 years of his life taken away, still has compassion, understanding and forgiveness when he came out of prison. That's just extraordinary. It is healing for South Africa and the world as well.'
Many celebs also began to pay tribute to the political icon.
#NelsonMandela you made your people proud!! We'll always love you for it!
— Rihanna (@rihanna) December 5, 2013
So sad to hear about Nelson Mandela. Rest in peace.
— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) December 5, 2013
— Diddy (@iamdiddy) December 5, 2013
â€œEducation is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.â€Â? - Nelson Mandela #Madiba
— Ethan Zohn (@EthanZohn) December 5, 2013
Never met a better person in my life than Nelson Mandela. My sympathy to his family & his country.
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) December 5, 2013
Today we lost the world's greatest advocate for peace and change. Nelson Mandela was a hero to so many. Rest in peace.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 5, 2013
Political leaders were also quick to offer their sympathies, with UK Prime Minister David Cameron saying: 'A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time.'
US President Barack Obama gave an emotional TV address, where he said Nelson had 'achieved more than could be expected of any man.'