Bam Margera claims Jackass caused addiction issues in scathing statement

The American TV personality and stunt perform, Bam Margera, blames the American reality slapstick comedy TV series, Jackass, for his drug use and addiction problems since being fired from the show.

Bam Margera, whose real name is Brandon Cole "Bam" Margera, is an American skateboarder, stunt performer, TV personality and filmmaker.

He first came to prominence in the early 2000s as one of the MTV reality stunt show Jackass – The show was controversial over its indecency and encouragement of dangerous behavior and last aired in 2002.

In a legal document, The Jackass star said: "I did not have any issues with addiction and drug use until I began my involvement… with the Jackass franchise.

After years of public intoxication and outbursts caused Bam to be kicked-out of the filming Jackass 4, as the movie network, Paramount, questioned if he was fit to star in the movie.

Bam is suing the producers of the Jackass films over his continued firing from the new film, Jackass Forever, which is scheduled for release in 2022.

He now claims he's owed millions by the franchise for his mental health and wellbeing concerns, setting the figure at a cool $9.65m (£7.27m).

The 42-year-old says that his dependence on Adderall and pain killers resulted from his performances and stunts on the comedy show.

In the legal document he said: "It was not until then that I became dependent on Adderall and pain medications to maintain the focus needed to satisfy the production schedule of Defendants for my various television and motion picture projects and to manage the pain associated with the injuries I suffered performing the stunts in those productions."

The skateboarder, who has bipolar disorder and attention deficit disorder, spoke about his ongoing battle with his mental health and wellbeing.

He said: ""I have taken prescription Adderall for more than the past 10 years. I also have a history of anxiety, eating disorders and began abusing alcohol in my 20s.

In 2009, a 30-year-old Bam entered a rehabilitation facility for the first time.

In September, it was reported that he had engaged in a legal battle with his wife regarding custody of their son.

MTV's Jackass Forever will preview in 2022 and is the fourth and final instalment in the beloved reality film series.

Bam Margera has filed a lawsuit against former Jackass collaborators who include Johnny Knoxville and Steve-O.

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