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Rick and Morty star Justin Roiland in court to face domestic violence charge against ex-girlfriend


Rick and Morty star Justin Roiland has been charged with domestic violence against a former partner.

The 42-year-old – who co-created the animated series and plays the two main characters – appeared in court in Orange County, California for a preliminary hearing.

Rick and Morty. Photo: ©Adult Swim

A criminal complaint filed by prosecutors in May 2020, and seen by NBC News, charges Roiland with bodily harm and false imprisonment by threat, fraud and violence or deception against the woman he was living with at the time.

The woman was not identified in court documents. Roiland pleaded not guilty.

The incident happened in January 2020 and Roiland was charged in May of that year, but the charges apparently went unnoticed in the media until NBC News reported them.

Other documents seen by NBC News show Roiland was arrested and released on $50,000 (£41,000) bond in August 2020 before returning to court in October 2020.

A protection order, put in place in October 2020 and remaining in place until October 2023, says he must not harass, threaten or monitor the person named in the protection order, and cannot approach within 100 feet of the person. He is also ordered to surrender any firearms he owned or possessed.

Roiland is due back in court in April. A trial date has not been set.

So far, there have been a dozen court hearings, including preliminary hearings.

Roiland’s attorney and representatives from Cartoon Network, which broadcasts Rick and Morty in the United States, have been contacted for comment.

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Best known for his work on Rick and Morty, Roiland created the animated sci-fi sitcom about a mad scientist and his grandson with writer Dan Harmon.

The popular adult television comedy aired for six seasons on Cartoon Network as part of its Adult Swim nighttime lineup, and has been renewed for a seventh season.

The show won two Emmys, for episodes in 2018 and 2020, and a Hollywood Critics’ Choice Association TV award in 2022.

Roiland, who has recently ventured into the art world, selling several NFT (non-fungible token) art projects over the past few years, has also created two projects for TV streaming platform Hulu – Solar Opposites, which has been renewed for a fifth season. , and Koala Man which launched this month.

He also released his video game, High On Lifein late December through his studio, Squanch Games, which became the top-selling game on Steam and the fourth most-played Xbox game the week of its release.

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