Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland has been charged with felony domestic violence at Orange County court in California in an incident from January 2020. The 42-year-old will face criminal proceedings and appeared for a pre-trial hearing on Thursday.
The case is in relation to criminal charges brought against the Rick and Morty creator by the Orange County District Attorney. When the case was first lodged against Roiland, he had pleaded not guilty and continues to maintain the same stand.
According to NBC News, who accessed the chargesheet against Roiland, revealed that the incident took place on January 19, 2020. The victim of Roiland is reportedly Jane Doe, a woman Roiland was dating back then.
Since the case was first filed, there have been a number of court hearings and Roiland has maintained his not-guilty plea.
What are the charges against Justin Roiland?
Justin Roiland has been charged with one count of domestic battery with corporal injury.
He was also charged with one count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, or deceit.
The incident took place on January 19, 2020, against Jane Doe who was dating Raoiland then.
NBC reported based on the court documents that Roiland was arrested after the case was filed but was released on a $50,000 bond in August 2020 and was later arraigned in October 2020.
When NBC reached out to Roiland’s lawyer to comment, they declined. Adult Swim – the company with which Roiland has a long-standing professional relationship which included the hit animation show Rick and Morty, also refused to comment.
Rick and Morty is now a billion-dollar worth adult comedy show and Roiland’s fame can be attributed to the show’s success.