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

Porn Star August Ames Dead at 23
From left, Abigail Mac, Alexis Texas, August Ames and Maddy O'Reilly pose at the Jules Jordan video booth at the 2016 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 21, 2016, in Las Vegas. Two days before Ames’s death, she was a victim of cyberbullying after tweeting that she refused to perform with a male actor who did gay pornography.  Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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.

whichever (lady) performer is replacing me tomorrow for @EroticaXNews , you’re shooting with a guy who has shot gay porn, just to let cha know. BS is all I can say🤷🏽‍♀️ Do agents really not care about who they’re representing? #ladirect I do my homework for my body🤓✏️🔍

— August Ames (@AugustAmesxxx) December 3, 2017

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.

On Monday I called out a homophobic performer for her ignorance and uneducated bias.
She allegedly chose to end her own life when she was exposed to the same vitriol that gay people have been exposed to globally for decades. Original tweet below.

— Bruce Beckham (@BruceBeckhamXXX) December 6, 2017

"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.