'Jackass' star Steve-O charged with staging crane stunt in SeaWorld protest
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Stephen "Steve-O" Glover, a star of the "Jackass" movie franchise who climbed a construction crane in Los Angeles this month to protest the SeaWorld marine mammal parks, has been charged with creating a false emergency with the stunt, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
The performer posted video online during the Aug. 9 stunt when he hung a small inflatable killer whale from the end of the crane, set off fireworks and lambasted SeaWorld.
He has focused his ire on SeaWorld since the 2013 release of the "Blackfish" documentary that decried the company's practice of keeping orcas in captivity and making them perform.
SeaWorld has been under fire since the documentary and has seen a decline in the attendance of its marine parks.
Glover was charged on Monday with creating a false emergency, use of unregistered fireworks, storing fireworks without a permit, possession of fireworks without a permit and trespassing, said Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office.
Glover fired off fireworks during the stunt, and a search of his home later turned up more fireworks which he had without a permit, Mateljan said.
The performer faces a sentence of up to a year and a half in jail and a fine of $1,500, plus restitution for the costs of the city's police and fire departments in responding to the scene, Mateljan said.
At one point, firefighters laid down a large cushion to break Glover's fall should he tumble from the crane about 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground, local television station KNBC reported soon after the stunt. He eventually climbed down on his own.
An attorney for Glover could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday. Continued...