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‘Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator Justin Roiland Facing Domestic Violence Charges

Co-creator of the animated comedy “Rick and Morty” Justin Roiland.

A former girlfriend and co-creator of the well-known animated comedy “Rick and Morty,” Justin Roiland, are the subject of felony domestic violence accusations stemming from an incident in 2020.

A district attorney in Orange County, California, filed a criminal case against Roiland in May 2020, according to a story that was first published by NBC News on Thursday. According to the complaint, the incident in issue occurred on or about January 19 of the same year with an unnamed Jane Doe he was dating at the time.

In August 2020, Roiland was charged with two felonies: one for false detention by threat, assault, fraud, or deceit and one for domestic battery with corporal injury. Then he was freed after posting a $50,000 bond.

At his arraignment in October 2020, the voice actor entered a plea of not guilty to the accusations.

Roiland was instructed by a protective order not to harass, intimidate, or observe Jane Doe.

Roiland was also ordered to turn over any firearms he had or had access to until at least October 2023, as well as to maintain a constant distance of at least 100 feet from the woman.

Roiland’s lawyer, who was not identified by NBC News, informed the court during a hearing on Thursday that his client is eligible for a plea deal but gave no more information.

T. Edward Welbourn, a member of Roiland’s legal team, stated to HuffPost on Thursday:

“It is hard to overstate how inaccurate the recent media coverage of this situation has been. To be clear, not only is Justin innocent, but we also have every expectation that this matter is on course to be dismissed once the District Attorney’s office has completed its methodical review of the evidence. We look forward to clearing Justin’s name and helping him move forward as swiftly as possible.”

Roiland has been mandated to appear at a further hearing on April 27.

Need support? Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) to reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline in the United States.


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