Steve-O is at it again. The reality star prankster and animal activist was released from jail Monday a day after he was arrested for pulling another stunt against SeaWorld.
The “Jackass” star climbed a 100-foot crane, inflated a large killer whale balloon with the words “SeaWorld Sucks” on it and set off fireworks near SeaWorld San Diego. He was also wearing a “Blackfish” t-shirt. Natch.
Initially, firefighters were called to the scene for a possible suicide attempt, but nope. It was just Steve-O having some fun at SeaWorld’s expense, but officials weren’t laughing.
“He’s trying to make a statement I suppose, and it’s highly discouraged because it’s absolutely wasting a lot of police and fire resources on this,” Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Michael Ling said to KTLA News.
Eighty firefighters responded, along with five ambulances and a helicopter, as well as more than 30 LAPD officers were called to the scene. Eventually an “air rescue cushion” was deployed.
The star posted his antics from start to finish on his Facebook page. “How many cops do we have,” he asked in one of three videos posted on Sunday documenting the stunt. “We got one, two … I saw a bunch. We definitely have their attention.”
At one point, he even asked his fans, “Anyone want to bail me out from jail?” Eventually Steve-O climbed down and was taken into custody.
It’s expected he’ll be booked on suspicion of trespassing, setting a firework without a permit, and conspiracy to commit a crime, and filming without a permit. His bail was set at $5,000.
This isn’t the first time the trickster has gotten into trouble with the law over his battle against SeaWorld. Last summer, Steve-O defaced an San Diego highway sign, switching up Sea World Drive to the more appropriate, Sea World Sucks. At the time, the California Highway Patrol was seeking to prosecute the comedian.
“I’d like to thank the CHP for breathing new life into this story,” he told TMZ.com. “Bring on the publicity because SeaWorld sucks.”
Looks like he still feels the same way. Keep fighting the good fight, Steve-O.