Justin Roiland, best known for co-creating the Adult Swim comedy Rick and Morty, is facing felony domestic violence charges over an incident from 2020. Roiland appeared at the Orange County Court for a pre-trial hearing, according to a report by NBC News. 

His trial will come in reference to a criminal complaint filed in May 2020 by the Orange County District Attorney. Back then, the 42-year-old had pleaded not guilty. 

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NBC accessed the criminal complaint in the case and revealed that Roiland has been charged with one count of felony with domestic battery leading to corporal injury as well as one count of false imprisonment by menace, fraud, or deceit.

The victim is reportedly Jane Doe- a woman Roiland was dating then, and it occurred on January 19, 2020.

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Who is Justin Roiland? 

He joined the LA media collective Channel101, founded by Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab, where he produced and appeared in a number of film shorts (including 2 Girls One Cup: The Show, House of Cosbys, and a small role as musician Christopher Cross in the series Yacht Rock).

He also worked on VH1 television program Acceptable TV. As “Blonde Craig,” he frequently made appearances on Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program.

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He co-hosted The Grandma’s Virginity Podcast from 2010 to 2016 with Ryan Ridley, who would later write for Rick and Morty, and Jackie Buscarino, who would later produce Steven Universe.

Harmon was approached by Adult Swim in 2012 to create a brand-new animated series for their network. In 2013, Rick and Morty made its widely acclaimed premiere.

Harmon approached Roiland, and the two collaborated to develop the animated series. Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty Smith are both voiced by Roiland.

Along with doing the voices, Roiland collaborates with Dan Harmon as a co-writer and executive producer.