AN EXOTIC dancer who hurled a glass into the face of Neighbours star Scott McGregor in an Australian strip club has been found guilty of assault.
Danielle 'Ivy' Lee picked up the glass in a fit of rage and threw it at McGregor after she claimed he called her a "dirty sl*t" in the Gold Coast club in April.
It smashed into his face at the Hollywood Showgirls club causing a small cut which needed three stitches, reports news.com.
Lee, 25, was in Southport Magistrates Court earlier today trying to beat a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm.
She held back tears as she told the court McGregor – who plays a cop in the Aussie soap – verbally abused her after she approached him in the club.
She claimed McGregor told her he was there for a night out with friends before telling her to “f*** off”.
“He said, ‘F*** off you dirty sl*t. You are a piece of s**t. I would never take someone as dirty as you’,” she told the court.
“He said, ‘I am better than that. I am better than you. F*** off’.”
Lee said she had “no idea” who McGregor was and felt “utterly degraded”.
“I tried to walk away from the situation. I was so upset and mad and I felt so horrible,” she said.
Lee said married McGregor allegedly continued to yell abuse as she walked away.
She said that was the “last straw”.
She picked up a glass intending to throw the contents, but instead threw the glass at the actor’s head.
“I was so furious that someone had abused me like that. I was so upset, hurt and angry, but I never meant to hurt anyone,” she said.
Security footage played to the court on Tuesday shows Lee looking at the actor as he holds his bleeding lip but she makes no move to help him.
'BLOOD IN MY HANDS'
The first day of the two-day trial was held in August, when the Melbourne-based actor denied verbally abusing Lee and insisted she was the aggressor in the exchange.
The soap star claimed he said “thanks, but no thanks” when Lee asked him if he wanted a private dance before she hurled the glass.
“I was hit with a glass to the face. It hit me very hard and bounced off,” McGregor said.
“I was bleeding profusely. I had a pool of blood in my hands.”
Magistrate Mark Howden today found McGregor’s evidence to be evasive, and that he had verbally insulted Lee.
But Mr Howden said Lee’s reaction was “disproportionate” to the offence and found her guilty before releasing her on a $1,000 good behaviour bond.
No conviction was recorded and she was ordered to pay $80 towards the TV star’s medical costs.
McGregor first appeared in Neighbours in 2010, but left in 2011 to pursue other acting projects.
He returned to Ramsay Street in 2013 for a guest stint before coming back as a regular cast member in 2014.
A version of this story first appeared on news.com
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