Bam Margera Files Lawsuit over 'Jackass Forever' Firing
The 'Jackass' film franchise star is suing Paramount, Johnny Knoxville and Spike Jonze over his termination
Published Aug 09, 2021Just when you thought you'd heard the last of the Jackass Forever drama, there's more: Bam Margera is suing collaborators Johnny Knoxville and Spike Jonze — as well as Paramount Pictures — over his firing from the film.
Margera was removed from Jackass 4 last year for breaching his contract. According to Variety, he allegedly tested positive for Adderall — though he's been taking the drug as prescribed for 10 years — and thus violated the terms of a "wellness agreement" he'd signed with the film's producers.
Margera's appearance in the fourth instalment of the film franchise was contingent on this agreement, which he signed while in rehab in 2019. The lawsuit claims that he was not given a chance to have an attorney oversee the agreement before he signed it. It even goes so far as to liken this situation to Britney Spears' conservatorship case, stating:
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.
Director Jeff Tremaine was granted a restraining order against Margera in June after the actor sent death threats to the filmmaker and his family.
Back in May, Knoxville spoke out about Margera's firing for the first time. "We want Bam to be happy and healthy and get the help he needs," Knoxville said referring to Margera's history of drug addiction. "I don't want to get into public back-and-forth with Bam; I just want him to get better."
The fourth Jackass movie is set to arrive in theatres on October 22. The first trailer for Jackass Forever was released last month.