Dan Gross: Police: Woman hit 'Jackass' star Bam Margera with bat
"I'M INNOCENT, and he's a 'Jackass' just like his movies," said Elizabeth Ray, of the aggravated assault charge she is facing after allegedly hitting "Jackass" star Bam Margera in the head with a baseball bat early Saturday.
"He uses racial slurs, uses the n-word with black in front of it," Ray, 59, who is black, said of Margera, 30, who is white.
"He called me the n-word," Ray said, when asked if she had had any altercation with Margera on Saturday. She was arrested on S. Matlack Street in West Chester, the block on which she lives, after witnesses at the scene said that she had struck Margera in the head with a bat, according to West Chester Police.
Ray denied striking Margera with a bat or anything else about 2 a.m. Saturday next door to The Note (142 E. Market), a bar Margera co-owns. "I did not hit him, nobody hit him," Ray said of Margera, a pro skateboarder and star of MTV's "Viva La Bam." When we asked Ray if she knew how Margera was injured, she said he wasn't injured.
TMZ.com, which first reported the attack, has posted blurry photos of Margera being treated at the scene.
When we told her Margera spent the night in the hospital with a head injury, she said she had no idea how he'd been hurt. When we asked Ray why she and Margera were arguing, she said she didn't have anything more to say since she was facing charges and said she was working on getting a lawyer. Chester County court records show that Ray was convicted of a 1978 robbery and acquitted on a 1992 aggravated assault charge.
Margera's mother April told us yesterday morning that her son had a concussion and a "big lump on his head" but was cleared to fly by doctors and planned to fly off yesterday for the set of "Jackass 3-D," an upcoming film. April, who was not present for the incident, said yesterday morning, "She hit him over the head with a baseball bat, and she hit him while he was walking to his car. There was no fight. She's just crazy and gives him a hard time all the time."
April added how thankful she was that her son wasn't injured more seriously.
Calls and e-mails to Margera's publicist were not returned over the weekend.
Out and about
Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook, Bobby Taylor, Jeremy Maclin and a crew of Redskins partied at Old City hotspot Recess (125 S. 2nd) Friday night, the day before McNabb hosted his final White Party in Philadelphia at Octo (221 N. Columbus), which raised money for his DM5 Foundation.
Chase Utley went for challah French toast, scrambled eggs with turkey bacon, fruit and avocado on a recent visit to Delicatessen (703 Chestnut) with wife Jen, who had egg and cheese on a bagel. The couple sat at a window seat.
Michelle "Bombshell" McGee spent a lot of time doing shots of Patron and tipping dancers at Al's Diamond Cabaret in Reading where the tattooed trollop, who slept with Sandra Bullock's husband Jesse James, headlined over the weekend.
Gilbert Gottfried filmed Friday Comedian Gilbert Gottfried was at Hylton Paper Company in Bellmawr, N.J., on Friday playing a police officer in the film "Calendar Girl." Much of the film, which features Corbin Bernsen, "Clerks" star Brian O'Halloran and radio legend Jerry Blavat had wrapped in March but is now doing reshoots. The film was written by Faith Brody and Derek Lindeman and is being directed by Brody.
Jersey girl wins Playboy search Ashley Fritchman, of Blackwood, N.J., will represent the Philadelphia area on PlayboyClub50.com where she and 49 other women who won Playboy contests Thursday will compete for a chance to pose in an upcoming issue of the magazine. Fritchman won a contest at Shampoo (417 N. 8th), where judges included Eagles Todd Herremans, Jeremy Maclin and Victor Abiamiri, 610 WIP's Joe Conklin, "Beverly Hills, 90210" actor Vincent Young and Your Humble Narrator. Eagles Stewart Bradley and Brent Celek turned up for the contest, as did Havertown's Jennifer Toof, aka Toastee from VH1's "Flavor of Love" and "I Love Money," and cigar mogul Marvin Samel of Drew Estate.August 2010 Playboy Playmate Francesca Frigo and Stephanie Larimore, a 2006 Playmate, co-hosted the festivities with Q102's Maxwell.
Caddy doc on Golf Channel
Center City's Stage 3 Productions is behind "Caddy for Life," which airs at 9 tonight on the Golf Channel. The film, written, produced and directed by Steve Cipollone, is based on John Feinstein's book by the same name and centers around Bruce Edwards, the longtime caddy and close friend of golf great Tom Watson. The relationship between Edwards, who died of Lou Gehrig's disease, and wife Marsha is also covered. These days political adman Neil Oxman frequently serves as a caddy for Watson.
Local guy extends at ESPN
ESPN reporter and fill-in anchor John Barr just signed a four-year extension with the cable sports giant.
Barr lives in Philadelphia with wife Ellen Kolodziej, a former NBC10 reporter, who now teaches public speaking at La Salle University and runs ECKO Communications. Barr aired a recent piece on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" in which he investigated South African brothels in a story about human trafficking and the World Cup.
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