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'Jackass' star Bam Margera surrenders to police in Pennsylvania, authorities say

Brandon “Bam” Margera, 43, one of the creators of “Jackass,” was being sought after a confrontation Sunday with his brother, state police said.
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“Jackass” star Brandon "Bam" Margera turned himself in to authorities in Pennsylvania on Thursday after a warrant was issued for his arrest this week in connection with an alleged assault of his brother, officials said.

Margera, 43, surrendered to Pennsylvania State Police in Avondale, police said.

He was preliminarily arraigned, and his unsecured bail was set at $50,000, police said. His next court hearing is scheduled for May 25.

Bam Margera in Philadelphia on April 7, 2012.
Bam Margera in Philadelphia on April 7, 2012.Gilbert Carrasquillo / Getty Images file

Authorities said Monday that an arrest warrant had been issued for Margera, one of the creators of "Jackass."

State police said Margera, of Thornton, was involved in a physical confrontation Sunday morning in Pocopson Township, about 40 miles west of Philadelphia.

Police were alerted to a “disturbance,” and Margera caused someone minor injuries, they said.

“Margera fled into a wooded area” before police arrived, they said.

Court documents indicate Margera is accused of simple assault, harassment and terroristic threats with the intent to terrorize another.

Margera’s attorney, Michael van der Veen, said Thursday his client pleaded not guilty.

“Families have disputes all the time. Every family has disputes. This isn’t a dispute that should play out in the courts or the media," van der Veen said.

A criminal complaint alleges that Margera physically fought with his brother, Jesse, at a Margera family home.

Margera is accused of assaulting him and threatening to shoot him.

“I’ll kill you. I’ll put a bullet in your head,” Margera is alleged to have told his sibling, according to the complaint.

Jesse Margera awoke to his brother’s banging and kicking a locked door, the complaint said. When he left the room, he saw a note threatening that if he thought about calling the police, "I will officially f--- you up."

The note was signed "Bam," the complaint said.

Jesse Margera then went to the kitchen and saw his brother urinating in a sink, the complaint said.

Bam Margera is accused of punching his brother in the face and grabbing him by the arm, the document said.

He also “threatened to kill everyone in the house,” according to the complaint, which listed three other people as targets of his alleged threats.

Margera said in 2021 that he had been illegally fired from the “Jackass” franchise’s fourth film, “Jackass Forever.”

Margera, who helped create the video series that inspired the “Jackass” TV show and films, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Paramount, co-star Johnny Knoxville, producer Spike Jonze and director Jeffrey Tremaine, alleging that he had been wrongfully fired. He sought millions in compensation.

Margera alleged in the lawsuit that Knoxville, Jonze and Tremaine made an unannounced visit to a drug rehabilitation facility in 2019 and “accosted him and coerced him” into signing a “wellness agreement” that required frequent drug tests to remain involved in the franchise.

Margera, who was fired after production began for “Jackass Forever,” said in his suit that he was terminated after a drug test showed he was taking the prescription drug 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,” the suit said.

According to court records, Margera requested a dismissal of the case last year.