In a recent development, the domestic violence charges against Justin Roiland, the co-creator of the hit animated series ‘Rick and Morty’, have been dismissed by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. To which Roiland insists that it was based “solely on the word of an embittered ex” and that he is “deeply shaken by the horrible lies”.
A spokesperson for O.C. D.A. Todd Spitzer said that, “We dismissed the charges today as a result of having insufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt”.
Roiland, who had vehemently denied the allegations, has since taken to social media to proclaim his innocence. He said in a tweet entitled “justice”.
— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) March 22, 2023
In a case that came to light in late January, Roiland, 43, was charged with one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury and one felony count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, and/or deceit. The alleged attack against an individual occurred in or around January 2020, according to law enforcement.
Roiland, who pleaded not guilty, was arrested and bailed on a $50,000 (£41,000) bond in August 2020. A few months later, he was also subject to a protective order that required him to keep at least 100 feet away from the person he was accused of assaulting. Additionally, he was not to have any contact or harass said unnamed individual. The protection order, which was meant to last three years and whose pre-trial hearing is scheduled for next month, was supposed to end in October 2023.
Roiland’s attorneys said in a statement at the time: “We look forward to clearing Justin’s name and helping him move forward as swiftly as possible.”
His attorney, T Edward Welbourn, also stated: “To be clear, not only is Justin innocent but we also have every expectation that this matter is on course to be dismissed once the district attorney’s office has completed its methodical review of the evidence.”
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Roiland co-created and performed in Hulu’s Solar Opposites, which was just extended for a fifth season, in addition to the wildly popular Rick and Morty. Additionally, he provided the voice for the Chad Wagon character in Michael Cusack’s Koala Man, which is available on Hulu in the US. Here is how you can watch shows on Hulu outside the US.
The animated sci-fi sitcom, Rick and Morty which Roiland and Dan Harmon created, has Roiland as the voices of both the mad scientist and his grandson. It has been broadcasted on Cartoon Network for six seasons as a part of their Adult Swim late-night programming block, and a seventh season has been ordered.
As the allegations of domestic violence became public, both Adult Swim and Hulu cut off its connections with Roiland and announced that his roles would be recast. The two additional animated series on which Roiland worked, produced by 20th TV Animation and Hulu Originals did the same.
Due to the charges, Roiland lost most of his engagements, and if found guilty, he would have faced a seven-year prison sentence and significant fines.
Overall, Justin Roiland, the co-creator of “Rick and Morty,” has been relieved from the dismissal of the domestic abuse accusations against him.While it’s unclear what the future holds for Roiland and the show, this news will undoubtedly be a relief for those who have supported him throughout the allegations