Bam Margera Arrested in Los Angeles Hotel After Bailing on Rehab
Update, 11:10am, August 15: Margera has been readmitted to rehab after his arrest, with the rehab facility imposing stricter guidelines this time. More details here.
TMZ is reporting a bizarre string of events that led to the arrest of one-time Jackass star and pro skater Bam Margera last night in a Los Angeles hotel.
After taping an as yet unaired episode last week with the TV therapist Dr. Phil, who Margera claimed was the only person who could help him overcome his recent substance abuse issues, Bam entered a rehab facility in Los Angeles. He bailed only a few days later, and ended up at the bar at the Luxe Hotel in Hollywood.
That’s where things get truly weird. According to patrons at the bar, Bam was spinning an elaborate story to a couple of customers about how he’d been paid $100,000 by a woman to catch one of them cheating, and he would continue with that storyline once cops arrived. (Maybe he was telling the truth? Who knows.) The cops were called for reasons that remain unclear, and a bystander’s cell phone video shows Margera sitting on the floor, like a toddler, refusing to stand up and go peacefully with the cops, clearly under the influence.
The officer told Bam, “This is not a fucking reality TV show. I know you’re fresh out of rehab, so let’s get your shit together.” You can watch a video of the incident at TMZ.
A video on Bam’s own Instagram account posted earlier yesterday (embedded below) shows him at Kat Von D’s tattoo shop getting “Dr. Phil” inked on his neck next to the H.I.M. “heartagram” symbol which has become synonymous with his identity.
Margera was booked at 2:30am Wednesday morning and remains locked up on $1,000 bail.
Bam is clearly really struggling. Sending all the best to him in his recovery efforts from everyone at MetalSucks.