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“Jackass” director Jeff Tremaine has obtained a three-year restraining order against former franchise star Bam Margera, after the reality TV personality allegedly sent him death threats and threatened his family.
A Los Angeles judge granted the restraining order, which won’t expire until June of 2024, on Tuesday after Tremaine testified in court about the harassment he suffered stemming from the decision to drop Margera from the fourth-installment of successful movie franchise for failing to maintain his sobriety, according to People.
Tremaine told the court the death threats against him and his family began in February and have continued for months.
He provided screenshots of some of the messages he allegedly received from Margera in court documents obtained by the news outlet. Margera allegedly threatened Tremaine’s children and said he had meant the threats “from the bottom of my heart.”
Tremaine first received a temporary restraining order against Margera on May 25 before the three-year-order was put into place. The protection order also extends to Tremaine’s wife and children.
While trying to secure the temporary order, Tremaine said Margera had sent him messages calling him “fat boy” and threatening his life.
“I’m gonna kill you in one mother f—king punch,” he allegedly wrote in one message, according to Page Six.
He also provided screenshots of messages that threatened his family.
“Look at your children and grab your pocket book and write a check, if you are greedy, and cheap, look at your children again,” one alleged message said. “If you don’t sign the paper, look at your children. Sign your stupid f—king contract before your [sic] not safe anywhere.”
Tremaine, who has directed all the previous Jackass movies, and Margera had worked together for years, but it appears the relationship soured after Margera was dropped from the new movie, which is slated for release in October.
The terms of his contract had required Margera to maintain his sobriety; however, he relapsed in June, NME reports.
In May, Margera posted a video to Instagram saying he felt his “Jackass” family had “betrayed me, abandoned me (and) rejected me” and specifically called out Tremaine and fellow franchise star, Johnny Knoxville.
“I feel like my family has f—king done everything horrible to me and made me jump through hoops and walk on egg shells, which is impossible, and strung me along like a f—king puppet,” he continued.
Margera said in the video that he was in Florida getting “phenomenal help”
Fellow "Jackass" star Steve “Steve-O” Glover came to the defense of Knoxville and Tremaine in the comments of the post, saying that everyone just wanted Margera to get healthy.
“Bam— the two people you’re saying wronged you (Knoxville and Tremaine) are the same two people who organized the intervention which saved my life. Everyone bent over backwards to get you in the movie, and all you had to do was not get loaded. You’ve continued to get loaded, it’s that simple,” Glover wrote. “We all love you every bit as much as we all say we do, but nobody who really loves you can enable or encourage you to stay sick.”
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