- Paramount is clapping back at the “outright lies” listed in Bam Margera’s August lawsuit that listed Johnny Knoxville, director Jeff Tremaine, filmmaker Spike Jonze, Paramount Pictures, and MTV, which claims “inhumane” and “discriminatory” treatment leading up to his firing.
- Paramount took each of Margera’s 14 claims in the multi-million dollar suit and dismantled them, hoping to put the Margera nightmare behind them before the release of Jackass Forever (pushed twice) in February 2022.
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Two months ago, Bam Margera burned the final bridge with the Jackass franchise by filing a 14-claim, mulit-million dollar lawsuit against Johnny Knoxville, Tremaine, filmmaker Spike Jonze, Paramount Pictures, MTV, Dickhouse Entertainment and Gorilla Flicks for “inhumane” and “discriminatory” treatment leading up to his February firing.
The lawsuit was filed months after Jackass director Jeff Tremaine was granted a restraining order against Bam after Margera accused Tremaine of being the reason he’s “batshit crazy,” calls him a racial slur, a “greedy fatso,” and threatens the lives of him and his children.
Deadline is now reporting that Paramount is on the offensive, calling Margera’s most recent lawsuit “riddled with outright lies.”
Margera alleges that Knoxville, Tremaine, and Jonze accosted him in a rehab facility and browbeat him into signing a draconian sobriety contract (they did not, infra at II.A);
that he was fraudulently induced and coerced into signing his talent agreement with Paramount (he was not, infra at II.C);
that Paramount hired a doctor who forced him to take a “cocktail of pills” that Paramount supposedly prescribed for him against his will (that is absurd and never happened, infra at II.B);
that he complied with the Wellness Program (he breached it, infra at II.D);
and that he was terminated for taking Adderall, which he claims was prescribed for him (it was not—he admitted that he bought it off the street—infra at II.D)
Margera’s lawsuit is a massive thorn in Paramount’s side, as the streaming service already pushed the release of Jackass Forever twice (most recently from October 22 to February 4, 2022) and is likely banking on putting both the Delta variant and the Margera nightmare behind them in the lead-up to the release.