Oh the irony ... ‘Jackass’ star fired for mental health issues, ...

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Oh the irony ... ‘Jackass’ star fired for mental health issues, fights back

Bam Margera has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Paramount for getting kicked off the latest ‘Jackass’ movie

Malathi Nayak

Paramount Pictures has been sued by Bam Margera, the actor and stunt performer known for the Jackass comedy television and film series, who claims he was discriminated against over mental health issues and wrongfully fired from the franchise’s fourth film.

Margera accused Paramount of “inhumane, abusive and discriminatory treatment” and alleges he was thrown off the cast for Jackass Forever in February for taking the drug Adderall, even though it had been prescribed to him as treatment for his attention deficit disorder. Team members behind the franchise, Jeffrey Tremaine, Johnny Knoxville and Spike Jonze, are among the defendants in the suit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The actor, who says he also has bipolar disorder, an eating disorder and substance abuse issues, claims he was mistreated because he suffers from disabilities. Paramount terminated him after citing a violation of a “wellness agreement” that he was “fraudulently induced” to sign while he was in a rehabilitation centre in 2019, according to the lawsuit. He was required to uphold the agreement to participate in the film...

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