"Jackass" star pleads innocent to cocaine charge

Wed Apr 23, 2008 3:18pm EDT
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By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Steve-O, the stunt-performing star of the MTV series "Jackass" and its movie spinoffs, pleaded innocent on Wednesday to a cocaine possession charge stemming from his March arrest in Hollywood.

The 33-year-old reality-television star, whose real name is Stephen Glover, entered his plea in a Los Angeles courtroom and was ordered to return on May 13 for a hearing in the case.

"I've been clean for 44 days," he told reporters outside court while signing autographs for people reporting for jury duty in unrelated cases.

Glover is one of several pranksters who made a name for himself doing outrageous stunts on the "Jackass" show. The two "Jackass" movies that followed in 2002 and 2006 were surprise hits at box offices with combined ticket sales of more than $160 million worldwide.

Glover was arrested on March 3 at his residence in Hollywood after someone complained that he had vandalized a neighbor's property.

He was reportedly hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation after his arrest and blogged about the experience on his Web site (www.steveo.com) in a post headlined: "You Should All Know I'm In The Looney Bin."

The British-born performer has a long history of legal woes, some related to his outlandish on-stage antics.

Authorities in Louisiana brought obscenity and assault charges against him in 2002 after a nightclub performance in which Glover stapled his scrotum to his thigh in a stunt he called "The Butterfly."

He eventually reached a plea deal that placed him on probation for a year and banned him from performing in Terrebonne Parish again.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb, Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

<p>Steve-O smiles at the world premiere of "Jackass: Number Two" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California September 21, 2006. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>