*Ok, let’s get right to it. Did so-called socialite Paris Hilton say “I can’t stand black guys. I would never touch one. It’s gross?”

Yep, that’s the question.

Well, according to a new book called “Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead: Journeys Into Fame and Madness” by pop culture journalist Neil Strauss, she did.

Portions of the interview, which Strauss said took place in 1999 when he was partying with Hilton, have been posted on several websites, including Gawker and LA Weekly.

Strauss said he was discussing several subjects with Hilton when she started talking about a guy she had been out with the previous evening.

Pointing to an unnamed actor in “Saving Private Ryan,” Hilton was quoted as saying, “We were making out, but then we went somewhere where it was bright and I saw that he was black and made an excuse and left. I can’t stand black guys. I would never touch one. It’s gross.”

When Strauss asked Hilton, “How black does a guy have to be?” he quotes her response, “One percent is enough for me.”

LA Times writer Greg Braxton is reporting that spokespersons for Hilton responded to the paper with the following statement:

“These allegations are absolutely untrue and ridiculous. We have sent these claims to Miss Hilton’s lawyers to respond further. It’s another example of someone making false claims for financial gain.”

Even though her camp is denying the accusation, it’s not the first time Hilton has been caught making derisive racial comments. A few years back she invoked the N-word in a video (since removed from YouTube) that shows her on the dance floor with her sister Nicky and boldly declaring, “We’re like two niggers from Compton” while Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize” was blasting in the background. In the same video, she also mocked Jews.