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“Margera’s lawsuit is baseless,” said attorneys for Paramount, MTV Networks, Jeff Tremaine, Johnny Knoxville, and Spike Jonze, all of whom are mentioned in the lawsuit. “His claims seeking to enjoin Jackass Forever improperly target Defendants’ protected speech and are precluded as a matter of law,” the suit continued, adding, “This Court should strike them.”
Margera filed the suit in August, claiming he signed off on a “wellness agreement” with a number of stipulations, including several breathalyzer tests per day, a daily morning FaceTime call with a studio-appointed doctor where he showed himself taking medication, and more. However, Margera alleges he was fired by Paramount, and removed from the film for taking the prescription drug Adderall, a medication he claims to have been on for several years for attention deficit disorder.
Paramount denies Margera’s claim that Knoxville, Tremaine, and Jonze accosted him at a rehab facility and forced him into signing a “draconian sobriety contract.” Paramount calls the claims that he was fraudulently induced and coerced into signing his talent agreement, and forced into taking a “cocktail of pills” prescribed by the studio against his will outright lies. The studio also alleges he came into possession of Adderall by purchasing the drug “off the street.”
Margera claimed Tremaine and Knoxville “betrayed me, rejected me, abandoned me,” to which Steve-O responded, “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,” he continued. “You’ve continued to get loaded, it’s that simple.”
In a recent interview with GQ, Knoxville declined to address the matter, aside from saying that he wants Margera to be “happy and healthy and get the help he needs.”
Deadline reports Paramount has taken Margera’s legal matter seriously because he’s looking to prevent Jackass Forever from coming out. The fourth film in the franchise is currently set to be released on Feb. 4, 2022.