Jackass star surrenders to police over alleged assault, harassment and terroristic threats
Jackass star Brendan ‘Bam’ Margera, who had been wanted by police after allegedly attacking his brother on Sunday at his Philadelphia home, has surrendered to Pennsylvania State Police.
The 43-year-old was arraigned and pleaded not guilty, according to his lawyer, Michael van der Veen.
He was charged with simple assault, harassment and four counts of terroristic threats
“The wild rumours regarding his behaviour this week are absolutely false. He is in good health and in good spirits,” Mr van der Veen said in a written statement.
According to court records, Margera has been released on $50,000 (£40,000) unsecured bail and must not have any contact with his brother, father or two other people who were in the house at the time of the alleged attack.
He must also stay away from the property in Pocopson Township, Chester County.
State police were called to the home in response to a reported domestic disturbance. Margera’s brother Jesse said the star had kicked in his locked bedroom door, then punched him in the eye, nose and ear.
He also claims to have found a threatening handwritten note signed “Bam”, according to a police statement.
Margera, who also starred in MTV reality series Viva La Bam, reportedly ran from the home through dense woods before officers arrived.
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After his arraignment, a post on Margera’s Instagram account said: “Everything went great and the false accusations of what my brother says are not true and he will be sued for defamation as well as being evicted from castle bam sooner than later.
“The reason this happened is because I read his phone saying he wants me back in California and he wants to find a way to 302 me.” Being 302-ed means to be committed to a hospital or a clinic against your will.
Margera was one of the original stars of Jackass, the MTV series that featured Johnny Knoxville and his friends carrying out stunts and pranks on each other and the public.
He appeared in subsequent Jackass TV series and films but was reportedly issued with a temporary restraining order in 2021 by the director of the franchise.
His relationship with the franchise had become increasingly strained after he was fired during the production of the fourth instalment of the Jackass movies for refusing to go to his contractually-obliged rehabilitation.
Margera launched legal action against Paramount Pictures, Jackass director Jeff Tremaine and troupe co-creators Johnny Knoxville and Spike Jonze, alleging he was illegally dismissed.
His next court date is May 25.