''Jackass''' Steve-O faces obscenity, battery charges. The prankster is released after four days in jail but ordered to return to Louisiana to face charges over nightclub stunts

By Gary Susman
Updated August 05, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Before ”Jackass” daredevil Steve-O makes his screen debut this October in ”Jackass: The Movie,” he’ll be giving a command performance in a Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana courtroom. He spent four days in jail last week in Los Angeles awaiting extradition on charges stemming from a performance at a Houma, La., nightclub last month that apparently went too far. Authorities there have charged him with felony obscenity and being a principal to second-degree battery for his act at The Abyss, where he allegedly exposed himself in the process of stapling his scrotum to his thigh and participated in a stunt where a bouncer slammed a teenage audience member on his head.

According to the local newspaper, the Houma Courier, the 28-year-old Steve-O (real name: Stephen Glover) was arrested at his Los Angeles home last Monday on a Louisiana warrant and spent four days behind bars wrangling over his extradition status. On Friday, he was released on $150,000 bond and ordered to turn himself in to Terrebonne authorities, then return to Los Angeles on Aug. 16 with proof of his surrender. In Louisiana, he’ll face an additional $1 million bond. That’s a lot more than the $20,000 apiece paid by the two club owners, the club manager, and the bouncer, who allegedly slammed a 19-year-old head first into the stage, knocking him unconscious and sending him to the hospital with a head injury. All four are free on bond.

Steve-O, who rose to fame when ”Jackass” became an MTV hit, has released a couple of home videos of his stunts, called ”Don’t Try This At Home: The Steve-O Video,” and ”Don’t Try This At Home: The Career Ender.” But what really may be the career-ending video is one shot by an audience member at The Abyss during the fateful July 11 performance. Obtained by the Courier and a likely piece of evidence, it could land Steve-O behind bars for three years on the felony obscenity charge. According to the Courier, the video shows Steve-O eating glass, stapling women’s underwear to his chest, and setting his hair on fire. The paper did not say whether the tape also shows Steve-O stapling his scrotum to his thigh.


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