Justin Roiland is the co-creator of the animated comedy Rick and Morty and the star of the video game High on Life. There was a domestic violence incident in January 2020, and he is also facing felony charges. Thursday, NBC News wrote about the arrest and charges, citing a criminal complaint filed in May 2020 by the district attorney of Orange County, California. Thursday, Roiland went to court for a pre-trial hearing.
According to court records, Roiland has been charged with two felonies: “domestic battery with bodily injury” and “false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, or deceit.” If found guilty, Roiland faces a possible prison sentence of several years. The co-creator of Rick and Morty was arrested in August 2020. Later he got a $50,000 bond to get out of jail. At his arraignment on October 14, 2020, Roiland said he was not guilty of both charges. There aren’t many details about the case yet. NBC News said that the public and media couldn’t see certain information because of the sealed documents.
Roiland appeared in court several times before his trial. The next one is on April 27. However, there is no fixed trial date by the court yet.
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In a statement to Polygon, Justin Roiland’s lawyer, T. Edward Welbourn, said, “It is hard to say enough about how wrong the recent media coverage of this situation has been. To be clear, Justin is innocent, and we expect the District Attorney’s office to dismiss this matter after thoroughly reviewing the evidence. We’re looking forward to clearing Justin’s name and getting him back on track as soon as we can.”
NBC News also said that in October 2020, a protective order was filed against Roiland. But it’s not clear who filed the order right now. NBC News says the order says Roiland can’t be within 100 feet of the person in question. He also can’t “harass, threaten, or spy” on that person, and he has to give up any guns he may have had.
Roiland is famous for co-creating Rick and Morty with Dan Harmon. Roiland gives voice to Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty Smith, the show’s main characters. During its six seasons, Rick and Morty have been one of Adult Swim’s most popular shows. In 2018, Adult Swim bought 70 more episodes of the show, giving it about 10 more seasons. Adult Swim staff members were silent when asked about the allegations against Roiland.
Roiland launched Squanch Games, formerly Squanchtendo, in 2016. Accounting, Dr. Splorchy Presents Space Heroes, Trover Saves the Universe, and High on Life is its four games. The release of High on Life in December 2022 was the most successful Game Pass launch.