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Pin-Up Marine Reservist Who Attacked Priest He 'Mistook' for a Terrorist Now Using 'Gay Panic' Defense


On Monday evening, Marine reservist Jasen Bruce attacked a Greek orthodox priest with a tire iron after the priest asked him for directions:

Priest "The Rev. Alexios Marakis, visiting from Greece, had performed a blessing of a retired Greek priest in the West Shore area before accidentally exiting I-275 into downtown Monday evening, police said. Marakis followed cars into the Seaport Channelside Apartments on Twiggs Street and got out to ask for help. Bruce, a reservist with a West Palm Beach unit since March, had his trunk open so he could get dry cleaning out, police said. Bruce, who lives in the apartment building, was not in uniform. Bruce grabbed a tire iron from the trunk, hit Marakis four times over the head and chased him about three blocks before pinning the priest, police said. In a 911 call, Bruce made a derogatory comment about a man he said was a terrorist and was trying to rob him and had grabbed him in a sexual manner, police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said. When officers arrived, police say, Bruce told them he heard the man say 'Allahu Akbar' – Arabic for 'God is great.' 'That's what they say before they blow you up,' Bruce said, according to police."

Bruce has since changed his story and says the priest hit on him and grabbed his genitals.

Bruce, who is now claiming he's freaked out enough by having men hit on him to brutalize them with a blunt object, is a pin-up model (top photo) for All American Guys. You can see more of his "portfolio" here.

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  1. Something doesn't add up... why did the priest get out of his car? When most people are lost, you just roll teh window down and ask directions... and this guy looks like an escort.

    On the flip side, a guy who barely speaks English just drives around, parks, walks up to you, and grabs your crotch? He's a terrorist one minute, then some type of gay rapist the next? ReallY?

    Two words... OneStar. (okay, maybe 1 word)

    Posted by: Harris of Hollywood | Nov 11, 2009 4:49:10 PM

  2. What a fucking racist douche bag royal. It's clear that he has issues with not only race, but with his attraction to things very queer. Tats, body building, and nude pics on the web. Mary the only one who does not know you are gay is you. News flash though, we don't want white trash like you. Let's hope he meets some real pissed off muslims when he gets his sorry ass thrown in prison.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Nov 11, 2009 4:53:18 PM

  3. Gay panic isn't "OMG, a gay man touched me!" so much as "OMG, he thinks I'm gay too! Maybe I am gay!"

    Bruce (really, did he pick that name for himself?)is obviously screwed up. But he is gorgeous. Maybe I can fix him. (Don't you just love stereotypes?) OMG, I might be gay too!

    Posted by: jessejames | Nov 11, 2009 5:08:49 PM

  4. LOCK HIM UP. I am so sick of heterosexuals using the sex fallback to justify their hatred of gay people. Heterosexuals ALWAYS fallback on sex when trying to undermine gay people. Sex plus gay people equals a lot of bad things to the haterosexual. So even if it has nothing to do with sex the haterosexual will trot out sex and try to connect it to gay people because it will automatically sway other haterosexuals into believing them.

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 11, 2009 5:27:34 PM

  5. hmmmm....

    If it acts like an asshole; and it looks like an asshole....

    Posted by: Kevin | Nov 11, 2009 5:39:56 PM

  6. I'm not seeing genitals, but I do see a complete prick - hope the Reverend is ok.

    Posted by: Sean R | Nov 11, 2009 5:40:16 PM

  7. Jesus, talk about taking a wrong turn. Yeah, this guy looks ok, I'll just pull over and ask him for directions

    Drugs and paranoia

    The ignorant mother fucker doesn't do shit for me look-wise. WHY are there some gay men willing to humiliate and demean themselves over an asshole like this dude?

    Posted by: John in Boston | Nov 11, 2009 5:41:07 PM

  8. Because, john, many gay men hate themselves. Look at the popularity of gay for pay.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 11, 2009 5:49:40 PM

  9. If the priest grabbed his genitals of that steroided cretin, he was probably shocked to see such small balls.

    Here's hoping he gets drummed from the Corps and sentenced to prison.

    Posted by: Jeff NYC | Nov 11, 2009 6:05:07 PM

  10. He looks like one of those gay for pay guy-pretty and stupid and now his ass should end up in jail.

    Posted by: jaragon | Nov 11, 2009 6:10:05 PM

  11. I bet these modeling photographs were taken by gay men. Sounds like he went crazy on the priest and came up with the hitting on him story after the fact.

    Or if the priest was hitting on him, why not just walk away?

    Posted by: Admiral Ackbar | Nov 11, 2009 6:12:51 PM

  12. First of all...NICk u are either a TROLL or a complete ASS!
    Second...OF COURSE it is a HATE well as was a Hate crime last year when he was being attacked my MArine ButtFace bec of national origin.
    Then religion...only recently sexual orintation.

    THIRD maybe someone can help me...he's been a MARINE reservist since 2002 and STILL hasn;t been deployed? Really?
    a single man...physically fit and trained and not called up?
    My mind is racing to think he's pleasing some of his higher ups one way or another.

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Nov 11, 2009 6:18:39 PM

  13. either he thought the priest was terrorist or gay is hate crime....

    Posted by: Sean | Nov 11, 2009 6:37:06 PM

  14. He must have been on meth and paranoid.

    Posted by: ledanz | Nov 11, 2009 6:53:04 PM

  15. WOW this man beats on another man, lies about what happened, drums up a gay panic defense and you guys can not decide whether to sleep with him or if he is just a repressed gay...hmmm, this was not the reaction to a black man beating the guy in Long Island.

    It is clear to me that many of the gays here specifically whites have a double standard...if he is attractive and not black all is forgiven.

    Posted by: differingview | Nov 11, 2009 9:15:42 PM

  16. This guy is a disgrace to the Corps and to America. And he's got a busted up grill and magic marker tattoos. And white people are crazy.

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | Nov 11, 2009 9:34:06 PM

  17. plz do not confuse NICK with nic.

    Posted by: nic | Nov 11, 2009 11:23:23 PM

  18. This "Marine" is just another closet case so deeply in denial that all he can do is lash out at folks.

    Posted by: darkmoonman | Nov 12, 2009 2:11:50 AM

  19. At least this idiot didn't have a taser. What's the difference between him & the 'roided out cops who taser innocent people to death w alarming frequency?

    Posted by: haddie weinreb | Nov 12, 2009 5:31:41 AM

  20. The only reason this is posted is because the attacker is shirtless and good looking. Otherwise the story photo would have started with the photo of the priest, which is half the size of the attacker. Sex sells even when its for the wrong reasons. Let them beat each other as much as they want. They don't care when we get beat up. Do you think on their straight blogs that they post about us getting beaten? They could give a shit.

    Posted by: Name: | Nov 12, 2009 7:01:27 AM

  21. Maybe Carrie Prejean will write to him in prison.

    Posted by: Dan Mc | Nov 12, 2009 7:12:42 AM

  22. All these homophobic honkeys deserve to die. Stupid monkeys.

    Posted by: Name | Nov 12, 2009 9:30:21 AM

  23. Please these sites that he's on are as gay as it gets! What REAL body builder sites show men pulling their underwear off, and using phrases like sexy, hot, etc. Straight or not these guys are soft porning it for gay men and they know it.

    Posted by: Warren | Nov 12, 2009 10:09:06 AM

  24. He looks dumb as hell. Nick's comment was one of most ridiculous I've seen posted here, only adding credence to idea that gay men are shallow. It could be said that the black guy from the long Island gay bashing is attractive, yet no one is saying they want to go to bed with him. Why is that? But even if this guy gay-bashed Nick he would probably still fantasise and masturbate because of him. That's what's really sad about his comment to me.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Nov 12, 2009 10:28:49 AM

  25. apparently he's done this before ; he beat up a tow truck driver for trying to tow his illeagally park jag ( being a marine must pay well ) ....

    Posted by: Robb | Nov 12, 2009 11:02:54 AM

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