Jackass star Steve-O has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading no contest to misdemeanor charges filed following a SeaWorld protest he staged in August.
He was arrested Aug. 9 after climbing a crane in Hollywood with an inflatable orca and charged with five misdemeanors later that month. Los Angeles City Attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan told the Associated Press that Steve-O, whose real name is Stephen Glover, pleaded no contest Wednesday to trespassing and illegal use of fireworks. The former MTV star was also sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to reimburse the city for the nearly $14,000 it spent on emergency response.
But Steve-O still considers the stunt worth it. “My whole crane-climbing, fireworks debacle really turned out to be pretty meaningful in the end, too,” he wrote on Instagram. “I mean, if your goal is to make a statement about captivity, you may as well get yourself locked up!”
I just got sentenced to 30 days in LA County jail, and this is what I have to say about it: "Considering I've become a clean and sober, dog-rescuing vegan, I must say I'm ready to go to jail– not just because it will bring so much attention to the plight of orcas in captivity, but because it's nice to let people know I haven't lost my edge. What can I say, I'm a jackass. My whole crane-climbing, fireworks debacle really turned out to be pretty meaningful in the end, too. I mean, if your goal is to make a statement about captivity, you may as well get yourself locked up! To help give back to the City of Los Angeles, I launched a campaign today to raise money for at-risk, inner city youth, by raffling off chances to win an all-expenses-paid trip to be my red carpet, VIP guest at the taping of my Showtime comedy special next month, which is called "Steve-O: Guilty As Charged". There is a link to a new crazy stunt video I just made to let people enter to win in my bio. Los Angeles, I love you, thank you for everything!" -Steve-O (cartoon by @mikehillier_design)