Jackass star Steve-O duct tapes himself to a BILLBOARD in LA to promote new comedy special… and is forced down by firefighters after he gets reported on crime alert app Citizen
- Steve-o was seen taped to a Hollywood billboard around 9AM
- He was secured with layers of black tape with just a tiny platform under his feet
- His prank was reported to authorities and the crime alert app Citizen
- Cops and firefighters arrived on the scene an hour later and assisted Steve-O down from the billboard
- He reassured Instagram followers he was being helped by ‘real professionals’ during his time above
Jackass star Steve-O was rescued by firefighters after taping himself to a billboard during his latest stunt on Thursday morning.
The prankster, 46, promoted his new comedy special Gnarly by climbing high above the streets in a parking lot on the 1700 block of Hollywood’s North Cahuenga Boulevard at around 9:15am.
Though he assured fans he was being kept safe by a ‘team of real professionals,’ worried onlookers called police and flagged him to the crime reporting app Citizen. Firefighters arrived on the scene an hour later to take him down.
High alert: Steve-O was rescued by firefighters after duct taping himself to a Hollywood billboard on Wednesday. Cops originally stopped by the scene after he was reported on the Citizen app
Game over: The stunt only lasted about an hour until the MTV alum was pulled down
Steve-O shared a bird’s eye view of his stunt on Instagram. In the selfies the Wildboyz star – whose real name is Stephen Glover – perched on a tiny ledge while completely covered in black duct tape.
Though most would have been terrified, the MTV alum couldn’t wipe the grin off his face.
Below you could see a small crowd gathering, many with their phones out to document the wild scene.
‘Im attached to a billboard right now,’ the star – who is 12 years sober – announced on social media. ‘ [I] want to emphasize that a team of real professionals rigged everything safely.’
Prankster: The stunt was an advertisement for his new special Gnarly
Long way down: The Jackass star stood on a tiny ledge while completely covered in black tape
Scantily clad: He was basically nude when he was hoisted down from above
Public service: Firefighters showed up on the scene and had to take down the Jackass star
Ruckus: It was quite the scene, closing several traffic lanes in an already cramped part of town
Good times: Though most would have been terrified, the MTV alum couldn’t wipe the grin off his face
Looking down: Steve-O shared a bird’s eye view of his stunt on Instagram
‘There is zero chance of me falling, and it’s important to me that we not waste any valuable city resources on this.
‘I’m happy to just hang out, and really want the world to know about this project I worked so hard on. It’s called Gnarly and, If you’re over 18, check it out at steveo.com! Thanks!’
While he was adamant about not wanting ‘valuable city resources’ to get wasted, police and firefighters had no choice but to stop by the scene.
Witnesses: His antics made their way to the Citizen app, which takes info from police scanners and public reports
Watching on: Tons of people gathered in the CVS drugs store parking lot to witness the chaos
Don’t mind me: While he was adamant about not wanting ‘valuable city resources’ to get wasted, police and firefighters had no choice but to stop by the scene
When authorities arrived less than an hour later, Steve-o accepted defeat and began ripping off the tape.
As he untaped himself, he revealed he was only wearing disposable underwear and a harness underneath.
The LAFD confirmed they were at the scene in a public safety alert, telling citizens that one or more lanes may be shut down until the apparent rescue operation is complete.
Look at that: Steve-O had something to point out, given his unique perspective
Down we go: Video from citizens show that he was successfully retrieved by LAFD
‘LAFD assisting law enforcement at an apparent single patient behavioral emergency, one person secured (themselves?) to a billboard,’ spokesman Brian Humphrey wrote in the alert.
After being successfully rescued, firefighters sat him down to make sure he hadn’t sustained any injuries.
Then, Steve stopped to compose himself. He slipped on a red bandana and talked to one of his stunt assistants before getting into a car.
It did not appear like an arrest was made. If Steve-O rented the private billboard from the owner, it’s likely his actions would not be considered trespassing.
Little to nothing: He untaped himself to reveal he was only wearing disposable underwear and a harness
Hard at work: ‘LAFD assisting law enforcement at an apparent single patient behavioral emergency, one person secured (themselves?) to a billboard,’ spokesman Brian Humphrey wrote in the alert
Hard-headed: Steve-O wore a hard hat as he was escorted down by LAFD
Back it up: When he walked away you could see Steve-O’s tattoo of himself covering most of his back
Everything alright? After being successfully rescued, firefighters sat him down to make sure he hadn’t sustained any injuries
Precious resources: It took a team of firefighters to deal with Steve-O’s stunt
This isn’t the first time a Steve-O stunt has caught the attention of LA authorities.
The star – who is an dedicated animal rights activist – climbed a construction crane as a protest against SeaWorld back in August of 2015.
Police and firefighters were alerted by Steve-O’s own social media. He was arrested on trespassing after climbing down.
For the protest, Steve-O was convicted of two misdemeanors and sentenced to 30 days of jail time and 36 months of probation.
Aftermath: After being successfully rescued, Steve stopped to compose himself. He slipped on a red bandana and talked to one of his stunt assistants before getting into a car
Off we go: He seemed a little shaken while he was helped into the car
Thanks guys! He was thankful to the cops while his associate drove him off
He entered Twin Towers Correctional Facility on December 9, 2015 but was released after just eight-hours.
Reacting to his arrest on Reddit, Steve-O told fans: ‘I mean, if your goal is to make a statement about captivity, you may as well get yourself locked up!’
In 2014 California Highway Patrol charged him for vandalism and trespassing after changing a San Diego freeway sign to read ‘SeaWorld Sucks.’
He was eventually let off with a traffic ticket and $239 fine, according to NBC’s Los Angeles affiliate.
Hot water: The star – who is an dedicated animal rights activist – also got into trouble with authorities after he climbed a construction crane as a protest against SeaWorld back in August of 2015
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