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‘Jackass’ star Bam Margera has gone missing from a Florida rehabilitation centre – not for the first time. Photo: Twitter @IndieWire

No ‘Jackass Forever’: Axed Bam Margera sues Johnny Knoxville & Co

Bam Margera is suing the producers on ‘Jackass 4: Forever’ for making him sign a ‘Wellness Agreement’ during his stint in rehab and allegedly firing him unlawfully.

Bam Margera Jackass

‘Jackass’ star Bam Margera has gone missing from a Florida rehabilitation centre – not for the first time. Photo: Twitter @IndieWire

Former Jackass member Brandon “Bam” Margera is suing Paramount pictures along with Johnny Knoxville, MTV, Producer Spike Jonze, co-creator Jeff Tremaine and others for unlawfully axing him for the forthcoming Jackass film.

In his lawsuit submitted on Monday 9 August, Magera claims that producers violated his civil rights when they forced him to sign a ‘Wellness Agreement’ during his time in rehab and then fired him after a positive drug test. 

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Margera is regarded as one of the founding fathers of Jackass and fans will be disappointed to not see him in the upcoming Jackass 4: Forever film coming in September.

Margera was dismissed from the production of the film as he failed a mandatory drug test. In his lawsuit, it credits Margera as a creator of the stunt/prank programme that rose to popularity in the early 2000s.

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Producers of the latest Jackass film made it clear to Margera that his participation and compensation on the film is dependant on him honouring a “Wellness Agreement” contract which required him to complete multiple daily drug tests.

The lawsuit — published in The Hollywood Reporter — claims that Margera has played a big part in the formation of the Jackass franchise and was cornered by the film’s producers to sign an unreasonable contract while Margera was in a vulnerable position in his life.

Margera, who has a documented history of physical and mental health issues, including diagnosed bipolar disorder, has been the victim of unconscionable discrimination at the hands of Defendants. 

Specifically, while Margera was in a rehabilitation facility in 2019, Jonze (his producer), Knoxville (his co-star) and Tremaine (his director), accosted him and coerced him into signing a draconian ‘Wellness Agreement.’ Jonze, Knoxville and Tremaine, acting on behalf of and/or at the direction of all Defendants, assured Margera that, if he did not sign the Agreement Deadline then and there, he would be cut from all future Jackass endeavors, including future film installments.

Margera vs ‘Wellness Agreement’

According to the complaint, Margera wasn’t allowed to consult with an attorney and negotiate the conditions of the “Wellness Agreement” contract.

The complaint goes on to mention how much of a toll this agreement took on Margera and that his freedom was restricted in trying to adhere to the contract.

For months, Margera was obligated to complete daily drug tests, multiple times per day, both scheduled and unscheduled, requests for which could come in at any hour of the day or night. Margera was subject to countless breathalyzer and urinalysis tests, which he submitted to and passed repeatedly for several months without objection or incident, states the complaint that goes on to reveal:

However, in doing so, his ability to travel, work, and effectively live life were completely constricted. Defendants went so far as to employ a doctor who FaceTimed with Margera every morning to ensure Margera took the cocktail of pills that Paramount’s medical team prescribed to him – pills that left him physically and mentally drained, depressed, and a shell of his former self, states Margera’s complaint.

According to Deadline, Paramount fired Margera in August 2020, for violating the ‘Wellness Agreement’ and the lawsuit claims that Margera did not violate the Wellness Agreement.

Defendants’ wrongful termination of Margera stems from the fact that one of the numerous drug tests Margera was forced to submit to demonstrated that he was taking prescription Adderall. Defendants knew full well that Margera had to take Adderall to treat his attention deficit disorder. He had been on this medication for several years. But all of this notwithstanding, and without even giving Margera an opportunity to explain, Paramount fired him, stated the complaint.