'Jackass' star Bam Margera invites controversy again after he gets arrested on domestic violence charges for kicking his 'new girlfriend'

'Jackass' star Bam Margera invites controversy again after he gets arrested on domestic violence charges for kicking his 'new girlfriend'
Bam Margera arrested for reportedly kicking his girlfriend over a domestic violence altercation (Mike McGregor/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA: Bam Margera is back in the spotlight following his arrest for reportedly kicking his girlfriend over a domestic violence altercation. According to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, deputies were summoned to a home in Escondido, California, at about 5.30 am on Thursday, March 2, before authorities arrested Margera. The 'Jackass' alum was released from detention the next day after posting a $50,000 bail.


According to a statement sent to People by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, the 43-year-old is accused of kicking a woman at a residence in the 25000 block of Jesmond Dene Road in an incorporated neighborhood of Escondido, California. Margera, whose real name is Brandon Cole, was arrested and lodged at the Vista Correctional Center for allegedly causing injury to a present or former partner, housemate, acquaintance, or parent.


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Who is Margera's 'new girlfriend'?

The woman who claimed that Margera assaulted her is not Margera's wife, Nikki Boyd, but instead his unidentified present girlfriend. According to law enforcement officials, the unidentified woman informed police that her "husband" had kicked her but they assert that the victim is clearly Margera's current girlfriend and not Boyd, according to Page Six.


Margera was freed after posting a $50,000 bond. The District Attorney's office has said it won't press charges, however, it's not clear if charges will be brought elsewhere. The announcement comes just a few weeks after Margera's wife Boyd filed for a legal separation of their marriage on February 14 citing irreconcilable differences.

'Felt compelled to file for legal separation'

According to court documents obtained by People, Boyd, wife of the 'Jackass' actor filed for legal separation. She gave the cause for the breakup as irreconcilable disagreements. Phoenix, the couple's 5-year-old son, was also the subject of her plea for both legal and physical custody. Boyd also asked Margera to pay her lawyer's bills so that she could get spousal support. She allegedly filed for spousal support and stated that the reason for the separation was that she believed he was intoxicated while spending time with their son.


David Glass, Boyd's lawyer, said in a statement, "Nikki Margera felt compelled to file for legal separation from her husband, Bam Margera, due to his continuing drug and alcohol abuse, erratic behavior, and due to his failure to provide support for her and their son." Boyd and Margera got married in October 2013. After Missy Rothstein, with whom he was in marriage from 2007 to 2012, this was his second marriage.

Actor Bam Margera (L) and Nicole Boyd arrive at the premiere of Lionsgate Films'
Actor Bam Margera and Nicole Boyd arrived at the premiere of Lionsgate Films' 'The Last Stand' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on January 14, 2013 in Hollywood, California (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


Margera's series of legal issues

The actor had previously been detained for trespassing at a Los Angeles hotel. He was arrested and detained on a $1,000 bail, per the LA County inmate information center. The professional skateboarder begged Dr Phil McGraw for assistance in a series of tearful, foul language videos that he posted on Instagram a week before his arrest. After a difficult meeting with Dr McGraw, his mother, April, and Boyd confronted him about his substance misuse, therefore, Margera decided to seek treatment. He apparently checked into a rehab center but left after a few days.

In and out of rehab

Before his estranged wife filed papers, Margera had gone in and out of rehab multiple times. Many of his admirers, who have followed his professional life and activities for years, gave his Instagram post some harsh criticism. Margera celebrated one year of sobriety back in May 2022, but he was later found in an Atlanta club in September after fleeing his second rehab facility and was then reported missing.


The MTV alum who twice skipped out on his court-ordered rehab in July, was caught by authorities again close to Deerfield Beach, Florida. According to TMZ, Margera reportedly left the rehabilitation facility on his own in June 2022. Margera, however, was legally obligated to return to the rehab center because it was a court-ordered requirement, and his absence led to a report that he was missing.

In a heartfelt plea earlier this year, Steve-O pleaded with Margera to quit drinking, expressing his concern as he felt that the reality TV star was on the verge of death. The 48-year-old responded to one of Margera's bizarre social media posts by writing, "Bam, last night you had your five year old son with you on stage at my show, and you were blessed with the chance to spend another day or two with him — then as soon as you left my show, you stayed up all night getting loaded enough to think it was a good idea to post more vile nonsense like this."

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 Disgraced 'Jackass' star Bam Margera arrested for kicking his 'new girlfriend'