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Bam Margera Allegedly Ruptures Brother’s Eardrums, To Stand Trial

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Bam Margera, the star of the Jackass series, may spend time in jail after a judge ordered him to stand trial for allegedly punching his brother during a fight at their Pennsylvania family home.

The alleged altercation allegedly occurred in April at Margera’s brother Jess’s home close to Philadelphia, according to the Associated Press. Bam allegedly hit his brother in the nose and ear so forcefully that he ruptured his eardrum after seeing a text message suggesting that he needed mental health treatment, according to Jess. Additionally, according to Jess, Bam allegedly threatened to shoot some family members, kicked in Jess’ girlfriend’s bedroom door, and left a threatening note for Jess. This prompted Jess’ girlfriend to call the police.

To misdemeanour counts of simple assault and making terroristic threats, Margera has entered a not guilty plea. Prosecutors consented to dismiss two of the original four counts of making terroristic threats in relation to the latter allegations.

According to reports, Jess claimed in court on Thursday that he didn’t want to put his brother in harm’s way; rather, he said “I just want him to receive the help he needs, because I feel like this is our final opportunity. I’m not concerned with the money..”, Jess continued. “When he isn’t acting badly, my brother is a good guy. He wouldn’t harm a fly, in my opinion. It’s only frightening when he’s been awake for days”.

Margera’s $50,000 bail was posted, and the judge instructed him to submit to a drug and alcohol test in order to keep his freedom, saying, “We want to make sure you’re safe, secure, and alive.” Margera responded by saying that he had gone through drug and alcohol rehab this year in order to see his 5-year-old son and that he had been residing with former NBA player Lamar Odom.

Margera’s representatives did not immediately respond to EW’s Friday request for comment.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Margera’s lawyer, Michael van der Veen, said, “The preliminary hearing was essential because we were able to get two misdemeanors dismissed and three held for trial. In addition, we were successful in obtaining significant testimony that helped us develop and prove our case. 

“Judge Albert Michael Iacocca did a terrific job treating Mr. Margera just as he would any other person,” Van der Veen continued. In a situation like this, it is usual practice to request a drug and alcohol evaluation. We are confident that this issue will ultimately be resolved amicably and remain this family’s private problem.

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