Dan Gross: Bam Margera denies using slur in argument

Posted: June 22, 2010

"I CALLED HER a crazy bitch and an idiot, but I definitely didn't use the n-word," says Bam Margera about Elizabeth Ray's allegation that he aimed a racial slur at her while the pair argued June 12. Ray, 59, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after West Chester police found a bloody Margera on the ground near his bar, The Note (142 E. Market). Witnesses said that Ray struck Margera, 30, with what appeared to be a baseball bat.

"I can say 100 percent without a doubt that she hit me in the head with a bat or a pipe," Margera told us last night. "She's trying to say anything she possibly can to try and get herself out of trouble and make me look bad," he said.

The "Jackass" star will be in a West Chester courtroom Thursday to testify against Ray, who told us she never struck him. Margera and Ray have argued before, he said. She lives next to his bar and routinely complains about the noise. "She walked right in the club and punched me in the face a few months ago. She threatened to burn the bar down," he said.

We tried to ask Ray about Margera's allegation of previous violence and threats. A woman who answered the phone at her home yesterday denied being Ray, then hung up after we asked her about the alleged punch and threat.

During their June 12 argument, which took place about 2 a.m., Margera says he was "Basically saying if you're complaining about my bar, it's a college town, so there's always gonna be people walking across your house on the sidewalk, peeing and throwing stuff," Margera said yesterday.

The head injury forced Margera and his "Jackass 3-D" cohorts to rewrite the opening of the film, which comes out Oct. 10. Skateboard legend Tony Hawk was to throw a yoga ball at Margera's head as he performed a skate trick, but doctors told Margera to avoid being hit in the head.

Drexel student is Miss PA

Congratulations to Drexel student Courtney Thomas, who was crowned Miss Pennsylvania Saturday night in Pittsburgh. She was the second runner-up in the Miss Philadelphia pageant a few months back. Reigning Miss Philadelphia Andrea Helfrich placed in the top 10 Saturday, and Ryann Richardson, Miss Philadelphia 2009, was the first runner-up at Miss Pennsylvania. Thomas will represent Pennsylvania at the Miss America 2011 pageant Jan. 15 in Las Vegas.

Dreamgirl honors 'Dreamgirls'

Sheryl Lee Ralph, one of Broadway's original "Dreamgirls," and her husband, state Sen. Vincent Hughes, tomorrow night will present the cast a proclamation from the state Senate for the show's work with Ralph's Diva Foundation that helps arts-in-education programs and supports public awareness of HIV/AIDS. Kimmel Center President/CEO Anne Ewers will give Ralph a $2,000 check for the foundation. "Dreamgirls" runs through Sunday at the Academy of Music.

Out and about

* Frankie Avalon headed to Memories (Amherst & Madison) in Margate Saturday night to see his friend Jerry Blavat. Avalon joined the Geator on the microphone to the crowd's delight. The Geator ordered some food from Barrels, and he, Avalon and Hard Rock Cafe/Hotels chairman Jim Allen talked and ate together.

* Victoria's Secret model Alessandra

Ambrosio brought a bunch of friends with her to Caesars Atlantic City, where she hosted the anniversary party of the Dusk nightclub Saturday. Ambrosio, her sister Aline and models Cassia De Lara, Renata Maciel, Fernanda Tavares, Izabel Goulart and Ana Beatriz Barros relaxed by the pool, dined at Mia and danced the night away once at Dusk.

* Andrew Zimmern, host of Travel

Channel's "Bizarre Foods," stopped at Famous 4th Street Deli (4th & Bainbridge) Sunday for smoked fish, pastrami and chopped liver. Zimmern, whose visit was taped, told the restaurant staff that he expects the footage to air around October.

'Airbender' actors appear here

"The Last Airbender" stars Jackson Rathbone and Nicola Peltz will be part of Saturday's "Taste of Philadelphia" festival at Penn's Landing, signing posters about 12:30 p.m. The M. Night Shyamalan film, opens July 1. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday Rathbone will be at the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties for a screening of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," in which he plays Jasper Hale.

He'll also appear in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" out June 30.

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