The 59-year-old woman accused of assaulting “Viva La Bam” star Bam Margera outside a suburban Philadelphia nightclub he owns on June 12 has been held over for trial.
According to the Philadelphia Daily News , a district court judge ruled on Thursday that Elizabeth Ray would be held for trial on aggravated assault and related counts.
Ray, who has said she’s innocent in the case, lives near the Note, a club Margera, 30, owns in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Margera was allegedly assaulted by Ray with a bat-like object following a noise complaint at the Note earlier this month. Ray was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault and two counts of reckless endangerment; she posted $10,000 bail shortly after her arrest.
Margera said that he was waiting for a ride home around 2 a.m. when he got into a verbal altercation with Ray and that he was walking away after he thought the argument ended and then collapsed to the ground, suffering a concussion and a large cut to his head after being struck. According to the News, a woman who was with Margera said she saw Ray holding a long, pipe-like object.
Pal Tammy Palumbo told the paper that after Margera tumbled to the ground she cradled his head in her lap as Ray began yelling at her. With Margera unconscious and bleeding, Palumbo claimed that Ray threatened, “I’ll hit him again and I’ll make sure I kill him next time.”
In a court appearance on Thursday, Margera claimed he exited the club to smoke a cigarette after closing time and Palumbo followed him to a back alley next to Ray’s property. “She yelled, ‘Get off my sidewalk’ to me,” Palumbo testified. “I didn’t even know I was standing in front of someone’s house.”
At the time of the incident, Ray professed her innocence to the Daily News, claiming that Margera used racial slurs during their initial argument about the noise. “He called me the n-word,” she said. “I’m innocent, and he’s a jackass, just like his movies.”
During testimony, Margera said he got into a shouting match with Ray after she berated Palumbo, the latest in a series of verbal altercations between him and his alleged assailant. “It was kind of a shouting match,” he said. “I was so busy yelling I didn’t hear what she was saying.” Margera denied that he used a racial slur during the argument.
Ray’s home shares a wall with Margera’s bar and she often complained about noise from the establishment; to compensate, Margera told the judge that he had his bar manager pay one month’s rent for Ray when the pub opened last year. The complaints continued, however, apparently boiling over into the incident that caused Margera to miss out on a recent shoot for a climactic scene in the upcoming “Jackass 3-D” movie .