After August Ames Death, Bruce Beckham Apologizes For Calling Porn Star Homophobic

Bruce Beckham, a gay porn star who accused adult film actress August Ames of being homophobic, apologized on Thursday following Ames’ death.

The adult star was found dead by hanging in California on Tuesday, just a few days after the Canada native was criticized on social media. The 23-year-old’s death was ruled a suicide by the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s office.

Beckham was one of the many people who took to Twitter on Sunday to call the actress out for her comments, writing, “Turns out being an uneducated homophobe DIDN’T get you a pat on the head? Maybe think next time before you word vomit for attention.”

After Ames’ death, critics said Beckham's words may have played a role in her suicide.

The actor, who has worked in the porn industry since 2007, offered his condolences to Ames’ family. But he refused to change his position regarding Ames’ seemingly anti-gay rhetoric. “FTR, I’m sorry for her loss of life and whatever personal struggles caused her to choose to end her own life when faced with confrontation, accountability and education,” he wrote.

“I never publicly or privately wished @AugustAmesxxx self-harm or violence. Suicide is never a solution for anyone, no matter what. RIP young girl. I’m sorry for calling you homophobic without initiating private discourse,” he added.

Back in September, Ames, whose birth name is Mercedes Grabowski, opened up about her mental health issues during a podcast interview with porn photographer Holly Randall. The porn star, who had more than 207 film credits to her name, said that she suffered from bipolar depression and multiple personal disorder.

"Some days I'll be fine and if I'm not doing anything I'll get these awful flashbacks of my childhood and I get very depressed and I can't get out of bed and cancel my scenes for like a week or two," Ames explained.