Bam Margera Moves to Dismiss ‘Jackass Forever’ Lawsuit Against Producers, Paramount

by Joe Rutland
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Bam Margera is requesting to have his Jackass Forever lawsuit against Johnny Knoxville, producers of the movie, and Paramount dismissed. This is according to court documents obtained by TMZ. Margera, a 42-year-old skateboarder and TV personality, wants his wrongful termination lawsuit dropped against Knoxville and others involved in 2022’s Jackass Forever.

Bam Margera Looking To Drop ‘Jackass Forever’ Lawsuit Now

Margera was a mainstay in MTV’s Jackass series. But Bam Margera recently claimed coercion around signing a “wellness agreement.” This allowed him to participate in the Paramount film. Margera says he was in a 2019 rehab stint and was told to sign it. He never showed the agreement to an attorney at the time.

Meanwhile, Margera did receive requirements to submit regular drug and alcohol tests. This occurs as part of the agreement. Margera also was to take various prescription drugs. But he claims they made him depressed and feel mentally drained. Margera allegedly tested positive for Adderall. This situation led to his firing from the movie. Yet Margera claims that his doctor prescribed him the drug for years. Margera says that he did not get “an opportunity to explain” his situation.

The suit stated: “Paramount’s inhumane treatment of Margera cannot be countenanced. Margera was made to endure psychological torture in the form of a sham Wellness Agreement, and then ultimately terminated for his protected class status due to his medical condition, and his complaints about Defendants’ discriminatory conduct towards him.”

Defendants’ Lawyers Called Margera Lawsuit ‘Baseless’

The suit lists Paramount as a co-defendant. Jackass Forever director/producer Jeffrey Tremaine, Spike Jonze, MTV, Dickhouse Entertainment, and Gorilla Flicks also are on there. “Margera’s lawsuit is baseless,” according to the defendants’ lawyers in October 2021. “His claims seeking to enjoin Jackass Forever improperly target Defendants’ protected speech and are precluded as a matter of law […] This Court should strike them.” The final cut of Jackass Forever includes brief appearances by Margera, whose name is also featured in the post-credits. It’s unclear if he and the defendants reached a settlement. 

Earlier in April 2021, Margera opened up about why he was out of Jackass 4. “Basically, it started off with…‘Bam, you’ve been out there on TMZ being a jackass and you’re almost like a liability,’” Margera says. “I’m like, ‘Wait a minute, you’re telling me I’m too jackass for Jackass?’ … I went to rehab for Adderall and alcohol, and I went there thinking I was going to do 30 days but they insisted that I do 90 days. And I’m like, ‘All right, is this on my bill or yours?’ Well, it’s on mine.”

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