"Jackass" star Steve-O faces cocaine charge

Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:18pm EDT
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By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Gross-out stunt performer Steve-O of the MTV television series "Jackass" and its movie spin-offs has been charged with cocaine possession, prosecutors said on Friday.

The charge against the 33-year-old performer, whose real name is Stephen Glover, stems from an arrest at his Hollywood home on March 3, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

She said Glover was scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment on Thursday, the same day the charge was filed, but the hearing was postponed. No reason for the delay was given.

But celebrity news Web site TMZ.com reported that Glover has been hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation, which Glover himself seemed to confirm on his official Web site (www.steveo.com) in a message to fans headlined: "You Should All Know I'm In The Looney Bin."

Glover said he was initially placed on a "three-day 'hold' ... resulting from suicidal behavior" after the intervention of friends, including "Jackass" cohorts Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine, and that his psychiatric stay has since been extended to 14 days.

"I'm not getting out of this 'insane asylum' any time in the immediate future," he wrote. "I did a great deal of damage to my brain by abusing drugs and now that they've all worn off, I'm facing the consequences."

Glover explained that he wrote his message on paper and gave it to associates with instructions that it be posted on the Internet. The note concluded: "I Love You All, Steve-O."

There was no immediate comment from MTV or his personal representative, a New York accountant named Glen Nordlinger.   Continued...

<p>File phot shows cast member Steve-O at the world premiere of "Jackass: Number Two" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California September 21, 2006. Steve-0 has been charged with cocaine possession, prosecutors said on Friday. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>