Justin Rolland, the co-creator and protagonist of the popular animated series Rick and Mortyis charged with felony domestic violence as a result of an incident in 2020.
NBC news reports that Roiland was arrested and charged with one felony of domestic battery with bodily harm and one felony of false imprisonment by threat, force, fraud and/or deceit following the incident, which involved a Jane Doe victim he was dating wash time.
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Roiland pleaded not guilty to the two charges, and the criminal complaint, affidavit of the arrest, and subsequent legal hearings remain sealed. NBC news reported on the criminal case against Roiland after appearing Thursday at a pretrial hearing in Orange County, California. No trial date has yet been set, but Roiland was ordered to attend another pre-trial hearing on April 27.
The incident reportedly took place in January 2020 and Roiland was charged in May 2020. He was arrested and released on $50,000 bail in August of that year and was formally charged in October 2020. That same month, a protective order was filed against Roiland prohibiting him from contacting or coming within 100 feet of the Jane Doe police station. to go victim; that protection order will remain in effect until October 2023.
According to NBC news, Roiland’s lawyers told the court he had been offered a plea deal. News of the charges against Roiland comes just days after a new animated series he is executive producing, koala mandebuted on Hulu.
Roiland and Dan Harmon co-created Rick and Morty in 2013, and in the decade that followed, the series has reportedly become a billion-dollar franchise. In 2018, after Harmon faced allegations of inappropriate behavior at work Community, he admitted to sexually harassing a former writer on the show, Megan Ganz. The situation eventually led to him being fired from the cult NBC sitcom.
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