Bam Margera is taking Paramount, his former pal Johnny Knoxville and “Jackass Without end” movie administrators Spike Jonez and Jeffrey Tremaine to court docket over his firing from the off-the-wall franchise.
The skateboarder and actuality star, 41, who’s an authentic forged member of the favored TV and movie sequence, was fired from the newest installment final fall after he allegedly returned a optimistic take a look at for Adderall – which violated the phrases of a “wellness settlement” he signed with producers, in line with court docket paperwork obtained by Variety.
Margera claimed within the submitting on Monday that Jonez and Knoxville coerced him into signing the “wellness settlement.”
He additionally claims in his grievance that the forthcoming movie, which is due out in October, additionally makes use of a lot of his efforts. Margera additionally pressed that he has fallen “sufferer” to mistreatment on account of his psychological well being, à la Britney Spears, in line with the submitting.
“Whereas Margera has given Jackass—fairly actually—greater than 20 years price of his blood, sweat and tears, Defendants haven’t repaid him in form,” the submitting reads. “Reasonably, Margera, who has a documented historical past of bodily and psychological well being points, together with recognized bipolar dysfunction, has been the sufferer of unconscionable discrimination by the hands of Defendants.”
Elsewhere, the swimsuit provides, referencing Spears: “Sadly, traumatic as Margera’s expertise could have been, it isn’t unusual. Solely just lately have courageous people felt empowered sufficient to come back ahead with their tales.”
Margera has had a number of stints in rehab however in line with the stunt performer and TV persona, he hadn’t even had an opportunity to have an lawyer look over the settlement, which allegedly contained language requiring common drug and alcohol checks, in addition to a prescription treatment routine, earlier than he signed it.
In 2018, Margera was arrested for a DUI and headed to rehab. He appeared on “Dr. Phil” in 2019 and checked again into rehab quickly after.
Knoxville additionally spoke on the state of affairs in an interview with GQ in Might.
“I don’t wish to get into public back-and-forth with Bam,” Knoxville said at the time. “I simply need him to get higher.”
Moreover, the lawsuit claims the named events fired Margera after he examined optimistic for the prescribed substance regardless of his place that he had been taking Adderall by prescription for 10 years.
“Paramount’s inhumane remedy of Margera can’t be countenanced,” the swimsuit states. “Margera was made to endure psychological torture within the type of a sham Wellness Settlement, after which in the end terminated for his protected class standing as a consequence of his medical situation, and his complaints about Defendants’ discriminatory conduct in direction of him.”
In a press launch saying the submitting of the lawsuit, Margera stated, “I’m pissed-off, indignant, damage and shattered that Johnny [Knoxville], Jeff [Tremaine], Spike [Jonze] and the studios and producers ripped off my creativity, content material, and stunts to make this film, fired me with out justification, and refuse to pay for my work; I created this franchise earlier than any of those guys ever bought concerned.”
He continued, “My lawsuit isn’t nearly compensation. It’s about treating individuals with psychological well being and habit points in an trustworthy method and never making the most of their disabilities to tear them off.”
Reps for Paramount, Knoxville and Jonez didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.