DEFENSE ATTORNEY Chuck Peruto Jr. did his civic service yesterday, showing up for jury duty at the Criminal Justice Center. A day earlier, Peruto was in court representing the Rev. James Brennan, one of five Catholic priests charged with sexual abuse. Not surprisingly, Peruto yesterday was promptly excused by the attorneys in the civil and criminal cases for which he was being considered. Perhaps they thought the Rittenhouse Square attorney, whose past clients include Gary Heidnik, would have a hard time being impartial. Peruto told us yesterday that he heard one lawyer joke after another from his fellow citizens about his presence in the jury pool.
Will Ashley miss graduation?
Ashley Hebert may have to miss her Penn dental-school graduation ceremony May 16.
The Maine native, 26, was just announced as ABC's next "Bachelorette," and she could still be shooting the show, which debuts in May.
Hebert, who told us recently she's not sure whether she'll remain in this area to practice dentistry, was the second runner-up in contention for "Bachelor" Brad Womack's heart. Reality-show blogger Reality Steve reported three weeks ago that Hebert would be the next "Bachelorette," which we asked ABC about. An ABC spokeswoman said, "We never comment on speculation or rumor," in our Feb. 28 column. The moral of the story is that Reality Steve is almost always right, as he also reported the winner and several other "Bachelor" spoilers accurately.
A rockin' 'Double Dare' tribute
Marc Summers returned to the "Double Dare" set, or at least a pretty convincing look-alike, for Good Charlotte's video "Last Night," which debuted on the website Funny or Die. Summers now lives in the area and produces several shows for the Food Network, with his company Shooters Post and Transfer. Good Charlotte's Benji Madden said on 93.3 WMMR's Preston & Steve show yesterday that he and twin brother, Joel, grew up huge fans of the late-'80s Philly-taped Nickelodeon game show and, like every other kid of that age, wanted to be contestants. Summers told us yesterday that the band couldn't have been nicer and that he had a great time on the shoot. "Everything just seemed so natural," said Summers, who had a blast resurrecting his famous role.
Out and about
* At least Gilbert Gottfried took in some culture in Philadelphia this weekend while he was mocking the horrific earthquakes and tsunami in Japan on Twitter.
Gottfried, who performed at Helium Comedy Club (2031 Sansom) Thursday through Sunday, stopped at the Betsy Ross House (239 Arch) Saturday afternoon with his wife, Dara, who, we're told, seemed far more interested in the historic location than he did.
Gottfried, fired as Aflac's spokesduck over his jokes about Japan, removed them from Twitter and later posted, "I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy in Japan. I meant no disrespect and my thoughts are with the victims and their families."
* U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz dined Friday at Kennett (848 S. 2nd) with three companions.
Will he cast Wingettes?
Bill "El Wingador" Simmons, five-time champion of 610 WIP's Wing Bowl, will judge the Entertainer of the Year contest March 23 at Delilah's (100 Spring Garden). Helping Wingador will be former Eagle-turned-97.5 The Fanatic personality Brian Baldinger, attorney and former "Apprentice" cast mate Erin Elmore, "Bachelorette" alum and attorney Craig Robinson, Eagles wives Susie Celek and Julie Dorenbos, PhillyChitChat.com's HughE Dillon and Your Humble Narrator. Who said our job is easy? Tickets are $20 at the door for the event, which starts at 7 p.m.
* Speaking of strip clubs, Angela Aspen, who made her bones in porn parodies such as "Jersey Shore XXX," and "A-Team XXX," dances tonight through Saturday at the Gold Club (1415 Chancellor).
Miss PA USA in the ring
Miss Pennsylvania USA Amber-Joi Watkins is the guest ring announcer for a female boxing match Friday, part of a fight card presented at Harrah's Chester. It's promoted by Joey Eye and David Feldman, brother of Celebrity Boxing Federation promoter Damon Feldman. Damon, who just received two years' probation for fixing fights and can't promote events for two years, swears he's not involved Friday, though he is booking Watkins, who represents the commonwealth June 19 at the Miss USA pageant, for some promotional events. Tickets: 267-304-9399 or visit webtix.net.