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March 08, 2023

Bam Margera arrested for alleged domestic violence incident

The former 'Jackass' star and Chester County native was released from prison after posting $50,000 bail

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Bam Margera is due in court Thursday following an arrest for an alleged domestic violence incident in San Diego County.

Former MTV star and pro skateboarder Bam Margera was arrested Thursday for allegedly kicking a woman at a home in California, police said.

Margera, 43, was booked into Vista Detention Facility for corporal injury on a current or former spouse, cohabitant, dating partner or fellow parent, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department told People. He was released Friday after posting $50,000 bail. The alleged domestic dispute occurred at a home on the 25000 block of Jesmond Dene Road in Escondido.

TMZ reported that the woman is Margera's current girlfriend and not his wife, Nikki Boyd, who filed for divorce last month and is seeking custody of their 5-year-old son. Margera is due for a court hearing Thursday and could have the charges against him reduced or dropped, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department told People.

Margera grew up in the West Chester area and rose to fame in the 2000s with shows like "Jackass" and "Viva La Bam." He has struggled with substance use and legal issues over the past decade.

Two years ago, Margera's problems became the focus of a legal conflict over his dismissal from "Jackass Forever," the most recent film in the reality series. Margera was fired for failing a required daily drug screening in February 2021. A wrongful termination lawsuit over that dispute was settled out of court last April.

Margera has been in and out of rehab programs and previously said he was seeking treatment for bipolar disorder. Last year, his family placed him under a "temporary health care guardianship," an arrangement Margera said had ended in January. His past run-ins with the law include a 2019 arrest for allegedly harassing patrons at a Los Angeles hotel.

In December, Margera was hospitalized in San Diego for complications from COVID-19 and pneumonia. 

Early this year, he was on tour with his former "Jackass" cast mate Stephen Glover, aka Steve-O, who has been sober for more than a decade and revived his career with acting appearances and a podcast. Last month, Steve-O posted and quickly deleted a message on Instagram in which he lamented his friend's situation.

"I wish you could know how much I've hated feeling braced for news of your death, but you're making it clear that I have no other choice," Steve-O said, addressing Margera. "You're dying brother, and it sucks that I can't do anything to save you."