According to Variety, the 51-year-old Jackass star is being sued over an elaborate prank on a California handyman named Khalil Khan. The plaintiff, who filed the complaint in Long Beach Superior Court this week, claims he was called to a home back in October to perform, what he believed to be, a routine repair job; however, once he arrived at the residence, he was subjected to a series of bizarre events that caused him emotional distress.
The lawsuit states the owner of the home told Khan to fix a light dimmer, and threatened to beat him up if he failed to do a good job.
“I know jiu-jitsu,” the owner allegedly told Khan.
Within minutes of arriving at the home, the plaintiff was allegedly confronted by a little girl, who began shouting: “You killed my pony!” Khan claims the child and the homeowner—who were both actors—led him to a room in which a pony appeared to be on life support. The repair said he was blamed for cutting off the home’s electricity, which caused the animal to die.
The situation intensified when Khan reportedly looked outside and noticed his car was being towed. He said he pulled out his phone to call the police, but stopped when one of the tow truck drivers claimed they had found cocaine in his vehicle. The lawsuit states Khan vehemently denied having any narcotics, which prompted one of the actors to hold up a small plastic bag that contained a white powder.
“At this point, Plaintiff was in a panic,” the complaint read. “In the span of just minutes, he had been threatened with being beaten up, told he botched the repair job, accused of murdering a pony, had his car taken without his permission, and was now being told that he would be arrested for possession of illicit narcotics.”
Khan said it Knoxville eventually emerged and informed him it was all a big prank. Knoxville then allegedly offered Khan a few hundred dollars in cash for his participation.
“But Plaintiff was not amused, and remains unamused,” the suit continued. “He has been badly shaken and traumatized by this episode.”
Khan is now suing Knoxville and Dickhouse Entertainment, Inc. for compensatory and punitive damages, claiming the “terrifying ordeal” left him with anxiety and sleep problems. He also claimed the prank could hurt his reputation and career if it was ever released to audiences.
Though Knoxville teased the possibility of another Jackass movie, the stunt was likely filmed for The Prank Patrol, an upcoming ABC series featuring Knoxville, Eric Andre, and Gabourey Sidibe.
Knoxville’s camp has yet to publicly comment on the lawsuit.