“Jackass” star Steve-O was arrested Sunday night in Los Angeles after climbing a 100-foot crane with an inflatable whale in protest of SeaWorld.
Steve-O, whose real name is Stephen Glover, teased the stunt on his official Instagram account when he posted a picture of himself with the inflatable whale.
“This is Shammy,” he wrote. “We’re gonna do a big dangerous stunt tomorrow in Los Angeles that will probably get me in a lot of trouble, and you can watch it happen at 7pm PST via a live stream on my Facebook page.”
Glover, 41, indeed posted several videos on his page Facebook page before and after climbing the crane located on a construction site in Hollywood. Once he reached the top, he inflated the whale, which had the words “SeaWorld Sucks” written on the side. He also lit off fireworks from the top of the crane.
In the final video Glover posted on Facebook, he takes a shot of all the fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars that responded to the scene of the stunt. He eventually climbed down and was arrested. He was booked on several charges, including conspiracy to commit trespassing and filming without a permit.
He was previously cited in December for adding the word “Sucks” to a freeway sign for Seaworld outside San Diego.
SeaWorld has faced mounting criticism since the 2013 release of the documentary “Blackfish,” which claims the aquatic park is mistreating their killer whales by keeping them isolated in their tanks — a practice that may be driving them to attack park employees.
According to the SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. Report, the theme park suffered an 84 percent drop in its net second-quarter income. After a $37.4 million haul in 2014, the park was only able to net $5.8 million in 2015.