Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Jackass star Bam Margera says he was hauled in by NOPD officers during Carnival

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Bam Margera, meet the NOPD. NOPD, Bam.
  • Bam Margera, meet the NOPD. NOPD, Bam.
At a press conference this afternoon, Mayor Mitch Landrieu ticked off an impressive list of bold-face names who were in town for Mardi Gras (Will Farrell, Mark Ruffalo, Harry Connick, Jr., Mariska Hargitay, Hilary Swank, Andy Garcia, Jesse Eisenberg, Daryl Hannah, Camryn Manheim, Isla Fisher, Brooke Shields, Melanie Laurent, David Morse, Wendell Pierce, Jon Seda, and Dave Franco), but he omitted one person: Jackass star Bam Margera, who was, it seems, taken into custody by the NOPD on Lundi Gras, though he says he was released the next morning and never charged with a crime.

According to Margera, the trouble began when NOPD officers ordered him to get out of a hotel swimming pool due to the fact he was swimming with clothes and shoes on — whereupon he ignored them and continued to do the backstroke. (Ignoring an NOPD command during Mardi Gras is a stunt worthy of Jackass, frankly.) In Margera's telling, officers threatened to use a Taser on him (which the "hotel lady" was all for), but another employee convinced the gendarmerie that Taser + water = electrocution.

Regarding the alleged incident (what's the opposite of skinnydipping?), Margera told TMZ, "I don't think there's a crime in that, because my dad's fat and he goes in the pool with his T-shirt on."

We've requested comment from the NOPD. Meanwhile, here's the Margera side of things, and it's New Orleans-weird enough to be Nicolas Cageworthy ...

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