Scuffle ended with drag queen in coma

MEGAN GILLIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

OTTAWA -- A well-known Ottawa drag queen fled and fell down a flight of stairs after being pulled from a fight in which a woman’s teeth were broken before her boyfriend intervened, a prosecutor told a jury Monday.

Michael Marcil — known as Dixie Landers — spent six weeks in a coma after the May 2007 incident at the Centretown Pub.

Andrew Lefebvre, 28, is now on trial charged with aggravated assault.

“Dixie was a sassy flirt, with a voice and style that garnered fans from both the gay and straight communities,” prosecutor Riad Tallim told the jury. “Michael Marcil loved being Dixie, being an entertainer, being the centre of attention.

“Michael Marcil spends his days now focused on his recovery, he is a shadow of what he was before the events of May 26, 2007.”

The jury will hear that a drunken Marcil had a verbal confrontation with Lefebvre on the gay bar’s patio after closing time, Tallim said.

Lefebvre’s girlfriend, Sheri Rand, intervened, Tallim said. She and Marcil got into a physical fight and ended up on the ground. When they were pulled apart, Rand was bleeding profusely from the mouth.

Lefebvre reacted by punching Marcil in the head, Tallim said. Marcil retreated inside and fell down some stairs.

He was rushed, unconscious, to hospital with serious head injuries. His blood alcohol was three times the legal limit for driving.

Rumours flew on Facebook that he’d died.

Friend Daryle “Miss Giselle” Gardipy — who imitates Shania Twain while Dixie specialized in Bette Midler — testified that Marcil drank seven beers but didn’t seem drunk and was in good spirits when he left for the bar in men’s clothing.

Questioned by defence lawyer John Hale, Gardipy said only that the gay community was “very concerned” about Marcil. Hale put to him they’d “circled the wagons” and denied Marcil might have started the brawl.

Gardipy acknowledged Marcil appeared in drag at a benefit three months after the incident but could barely walk.

“If you want to call it Dixie — that person wasn’t the same person that I knew,” he said.

Gary Lonsdale testified that he bought Marcil a drink that night and he was his usual “laughing, joyous” self.

But Lonsdale said that a few weeks before he’d seen Marcil push a man backwards out the pub’s doors saying something like “don’t touch me again.”

The trial continues Tuesday

megan.gillis@sunmedia.ca


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