''Jackass''' Steve-O faces obscenity, battery charges
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.