Earlier today, news broke that Rick and Morty co-creator and star Justin Roiland has been charged with a felony of domestic violence with bodily harm and another felony of false imprisonment by threat, violence, fraud and/or deceit. The news was astounding to fans of the hit series, not only because of how sudden it was, but also because the allegations stemmed from an incident that happened nearly three years ago. Roiland then pleaded not guilty to the charges, but now faces a trial that could begin this spring. Now, the Primetime Emmy winner has released a statement on the matter.
T. Edward Welbourn, Roiland’s attorney, released the following statement to OW“It’s hard to overstate how inaccurate the recent media coverage of this situation has been. To be clear, Justin is not only innocent, but we have every expectation that this case is on track to be dismissed once the office “The district attorney has completed his methodical review of the evidence. We look forward to clearing Justin’s name and moving him forward as soon as possible.”
NBC news first shared the news of the charges against Roiland, which stem from a criminal complaint filed in May 2020. According to that report, the alleged victim, known only as Jane Doe, was alleged to have been in a relationship with Roiland at the time of the incident, and had a protective order against him. Roiland was instructed to stay 100 feet away from the alleged victim and not to contact them in any way. This order will last through October 2023, with another hearing scheduled for April this year.
Roiland was arrested in August 2020 and released on $50,000 bail, pleading not guilty to both offenses in October of that year. Further details about the incident have not been released as the possibility of a trial looms.
In addition to co-creating Rick and Morty and providing the voice for the two main characters, Roiland is known to animation fans as the co-creator of Hulu’s Solar Opposites and the recent release Koala Man. He is also notable for voicing the Earl of Lemongrab Adventure Time and creating his own video game studio, Squanch Games.
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