Jackass star Bam Margera is suing the movie studio behind the upcoming Jackass Forever movie, claiming ‘abusive therapy’ because of his dependancy and psychological well being struggles
Jackass star Bam Margera is suing the movie studio behind the upcoming Jackass Forever movie, in accordance with stories.
The TV common is accusing Paramount Pictures and his co-star and former pal Johnny Knoxville of “abusive treatment”.
In a lawsuit filed with the LA Superior courtroom Monday, Bam accused Paramount Pictures, MTV, movie director Jeffrey Tremaine, and a string of producers together with Knoxville and Spike Jonze, of making an attempt to steal the rights to the franchise with out compensating him.
Margera was let go from the movie in February after he allegedly broke his contract because of his erratic behaviour and the failure of a medication take a look at.
He says he suffers from bodily and psychological disabilities and that his termination from the movie quantities to unlawful discrimination.
Margera says he is been recognized with bipolar dysfunction and consideration deficit dysfunction, admits to a historical past of abusing alcohol and says he is been in and out of rehab since 2009.
The lawsuit states Margera needs to “to seek redress for Defendants’ inhumane, abusive and discriminatory treatment” of him and for wrongful termination from the franchise.
Margera is in search of tens of millions in compensation and damages and needs an injunction to stop the movie’s launch in October, in accordance with The Sun.
The swimsuit says that in March final year, Paramount executed a contract with Bam for a fourth Jackass movie., however they added a situation insisting on Margera’s adherence to a “Wellness Agreement.”
The settlement had obligated Margera to finish a number of medicine exams a day, each scheduled and unscheduled, requests for which may are available at any hour of the day or night time, the swimsuit says.
He claims he additionally needed to blow right into a breathalyser thrice a day, undergo a urinalysis twice per week, have his hair follicles examined frequently, and take drugs each morning whereas on a FaceTime name with a physician employed by Paramount.
Margera mentioned the drugs left him “physically and mentally drained, depressed, and a shell of his former self.”
He claims that whereas he was in a rehab facility in 2019, Jonze (his producer) and Knoxville (his co-star), “accosted him and coerced him into signing the draconian Wellness Agreement”, in accordance with the swimsuit.
He was instructed that if he didn’t signal the contract then and there, he can be minimize from all future Jackass movies, he claims.
The swimsuit states that this could minimize off Margera’s main revenue, and sole means of supporting his household, giving him no selection however to signal the contract.
By the time Paramount terminated his contract, citing a violation of the Wellness Agreement, he says he had put lots of work into the movie, together with filming scenes and growing concepts.
Margera says he didn’t slip up however the settlement exacerbated his psychological well being points and led to suicidal ideas.
He persevered solely to have “the rug pulled out from under him,” the lawsuit claimed.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Margera was ousted after “one of the numerous drug tests Margera was forced to submit to demonstrated that he was taking prescription Adderall.
“Defendants knew full effectively that Margera needed to take Adderall to deal with his consideration deficit dysfunction. He had been on this remedy for a number of years. But all of this however, and with out even giving Margera a chance to elucidate, Paramount fired him.”
George mentioned Margera’s therapy could not be “tolerated”.
The swimsuit claims the alleged actions taken by producers in opposition to Margera have been a violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act, California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, an illegal retaliation and a wrongful discharge in violation of public coverage.
In the swimsuit Margera additionally takes credit score for creating Jackass, which has been credited to Tremaine, Knoxville and Jonze.
He says a lot of the unique footage from the primary MTV season traces again to his CKY Crew, earlier than the others got here on board, claiming that Jackass would have been “impossible” with out him.
George mentioned: “He 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.
“While Margera has given Jackass – quite literally – more than two decades worth of his blood, sweat and tears, the defendants have not repaid him in kind.”
George added: “Rather, Margera, who has a documented history of mental health issues, including diagnosed bipolar disorder, has been the victim of unconscionable discrimination at the hands of defendants.”
The Mirror has contacted reps for Bam Margera, Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze and Paramount Pictures for remark.
In May, Knoxville told GQ : “We want Bam to be happy and healthy and get the help he needs. We tried to push that along. I think that’s all I really want to say about it.”