Bam Margera to stand trial for allegedly assaulting his brother
A judge issued a ruling on Thursday that Bam Margera must stand trial for allegedly assaulting his brother, Jess Margera, earlier this year, as reported by the Associated Press.
Judge Albert Iacocca also ordered the “Jackass” star, who has been released on $50,000 bail, to undergo a drug and alcohol screening in order to avoid imprisonment.
Bam reportedly informed the judge that he has been attending a drug and alcohol treatment program in Los Angeles and residing with Lamar Odom, a fellow recovering addict.
However, sources close to the NBA star revealed last month that the “Viva La Bam” star “did not wish to complete the program” and attempted to flee to Las Vegas.
“We want to ensure your safety, security, and well-being,” Iacocca told Bam, who added, “To see my 5-year-old son, Phoenix.”
The former MTV star was charged with one count of simple assault, one count of harassment, and four counts of terroristic threats with the intent to terrorize another individual.
However, prosecutors reportedly agreed on Thursday to drop two of the terroristic threats charges, despite Bam allegedly threatening to shoot various family members and leaving a threatening note for his brother.
“I’m not trying to get him in trouble here,” Jess said during the Pennsylvania hearing. “I just want him to get the help he needs because I feel like this is our last chance.”
The altercation between the brothers occurred in April, leading to an arrest warrant for Bam.
Jess stated during the hearing that the fight erupted when his brother discovered a text message suggesting he needed mental health treatment.
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Allegedly, Bam then struck Jess in the nose and ear, resulting in a ruptured eardrum.