“Jackass” star “Bam” Margera was dragged through a North Carolina Airport in handcuffs and spent hours in a holding cell after being refused entry to a plane after staff said he was swearing and smelled of alcohol.
Brandon Cole “Bam” Margera, 32, also a professional skateboarder, radio personality and star of the MTV series “Viva La Bam,” was at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Sunday when he was told by staff members that he would not be allowed to board his plane, TMZ.com reported.
The refusal on the part of the staff reportedly led Margera to become even more “loud and combative,” which prompted security to be called in, according to officials. Margera was then handcuffed and removed from the area.
The reality star, who launched his career by releasing a series of videos of him and his friends performing skateboarding tricks and stunts under the moniker “Camp Kill Yourself,” was then placed in a holding cell. He was reportedly booked onto a flight later Sunday.
Margera told TMZ that he had in fact become loud and combative, and was not drunk. He said that the alcohol that staff smelled on him was “left over” from the previous night’s drinking session.
Calls made to Margera’s representative and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport by ABC News went unreturned.
Sunday’s incident comes 14 months after Margera’s fellow “Jackass” cast member Ryan Dunn and another passenger died in a car accident in the early morning hours of June 19 when Dunn’s 2007 Porsche crashed in West Goshen, Pa.
The county coroner determined that Dunn had a blood alcohol concentration of .196 — more than twice the legal limit in Pennsylvania. Police said that the initial investigation indicated that Dunn was traveling at a speed between 132 and 140 at the time of his crash.