On Monday, Jackass star Bam Margera sued Paramount Pictures Studios, his castmate Johnny Knoxville, and director Spike Jonze for wrongful termination. Margera is suing the Jackass group following his recent firing from the fourth installment of the comedy franchise that is due out in October.
The former skateboarder is one of the original members of the Jackass television show that used to air on MTV. All three previous movies have included Margera as well. However, after years of drug-related issues, and testing positive for Adderall in the fall, Margera was fired due to the terms in his contract.
Supposedly, producers had him sign a “wellness agreement” before he joined the cast for Jackass Forever. In the last decade, Margera has been in and out of rehab multiple times. According to an article in Variety, his lawsuit alleges the parties named coerced him to sign the “wellness agreement.” At the time, Margera was in rehab in 2019 and told he wouldn’t be included in the film if he didn’t sign the agreement.
In addition, the lawsuit alleges that Margera didn’t have time to let his lawyer review the agreement. The contract he signed required frequent alcohol and drug tests along with a prescription medication regime. Further, the suit states that Margera has taken prescription Adderall for 10 years.
‘Jackass’ Star’s Lawsuit Compares Case to Britney Spears’ Conservatorship
Bam Margera is also suing because he claims that Jackass Forever is including his contributions to the new movie. The Variety report doesn’t state if his scenes have been cut, or whether he’s losing all compensation from the movie.
The lawsuit is additionally comparing Margera’s treatment to that of pop star Britney Spears’ conservatorship case. The singer has been in the news recently for her own court hearings. Thousands of fans continue to support the celebrity in hopes of bringing her conservatorship to an end after 13 years. The Jackass star’s lawsuit alleges producers took advantage of him due to his mental health issues.
“Paramount’s inhumane treatment of Margera cannot be countenanced,” the suit states, according to Variety. “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.”
In May, Margera’s fellow Jackass member Johnny Knoxville spoke about the situation. He chose to take the high road at the time and didn’t comment on Margera’s accusations. He added that he just wanted his friend to get clean and stay healthy.
“I don’t want to get into public back-and-forth with Bam,” Knoxville told GQ. “I just want him to get better.”
The Trailer For the Series’ Fourth Installment Released Last Month
The new movie may exclude Bam Margera. But most of the other series’ stars are back for more stunts, pranks, and general ridiculousness.
Fan favorites like Johnny Knoxville, Dave England, Steve-O, and Chris Pontius are all back. Danger Ehren, Preston Lacy, and Jason “Wee Man” Acuña will also return to the series’ fourth installment. Additionally, there will be guest cameos from skateboard legend Tony Hawk and UFC champion Francis Ngannou.
Unfortunately for Johnny Knoxville fans, he recently confirmed this would be his last stint with the Jackass crew.
“You can only take so many chances before something irreversible happens,” Knoxville said in an interview. “I feel like I’ve been extremely lucky to take the chances I’ve taken and still be walking around.”