Knoxville Clears Up Grenade Arrest
Jackass star Johnny Knoxville is blaming an assistant on a new MTV show for his detention at Los Angeles airport for carrying a fake grenade in his bag - and swears he had no idea the item was in his luggage.
The funnyman was arrested on Thursday (15Jan09) morning at LAX airport after security guards discovered a suspicious-looking item in his belongings.
When the object was found to be a banned replica weapon, Knoxville was detained, cited for carrying a "prohibited item" through an airport and released by police.
The incident took him completely by surprise, because he didn't even know he was carrying the prop - and he's pointing the finger of blame at an assistant on a photo session for his new reality show Nitro Circus.
Knoxville writes on his internet blog, "When the shoot was over, the wardrobe girl packed my luggage so I could go home and, unbeknownst to me, she packed a FAKE hand grenade (a prop grenade that I'd taken to the shoot) in the front zipper of my luggage.
"Needless to say, when I was packing to go out of town this morning with my girlfriend and daughter, I didn't see the FAKE grenade in my luggage."
And Knoxville failed to see the funny side of it, insisting he was "bummed" after the incident.
He adds, "The cops did their job and verified that it wasn't real. Also, they were cool as they could be to me, considering the situation, and it is no one's fault but my own. I should have checked my goddamn luggage through and through, but I didn't and now we have this incident.
"If it was real I never would have been allowed to board my flight to Miami an hour later. Anyway, it was a mistake."