Justin Roiland, co-creator and also celebrity of computer animated funny Rick and also Morty and also the game High on Life, is encountering felony residential physical violence fees connected to a case in January 2020. NBC News reported the apprehension and also fees on Thursday, pointing out a criminal issue submitted in May 2020 in Orange County, California, by the region’s area lawyer. Roiland remained in court Thursday for a pretrial hearing.
Roiland has actually been billed with 2 felonies: one matter of “domestic battery with corporal injury” and also one matter of “false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, and/or deceit,” according to court documents. If founded guilty, Roiland might encounter a number of years behind bars. The Rick and also Morty co-creator was jailed in August 2020 and also launched on a $50,000 bond. Roiland begged innocent to both fees at hisOct 14, 2020, accusation. Details of the situation stay restricted; NBC News claimed that some files are secured, maintaining specific details unattainable by the public and also media.
Since his accusation, Roiland has actually shown up in court for a selection of pretrial conferences, the following of which is set up for April 27. The court has actually not yet established a test day.
T. Edward Welbourn, lawyer for Justin Roiland, claimed in a declaration to Polygon, “It is hard to overstate how inaccurate the recent media coverage of this situation has been. 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. We look forward to clearing Justin’s name and helping him move forward as swiftly as possible.”
NBC News additionally reported that a safety order was submitted versus Roiland in October 2020, yet it’s not instantly remove that submitted the order. The order restricts Roiland from being within 100 feet of the individual concerned; he’s additionally been gotten not to “harass, threaten or surveil” that individual, and also to pass on any kind of guns he might have possessed, according to NBC News.
Roiland is best understood for having actually co-created Rick and also Morty in 2012 withDan Harmon Roiland voices both of the titular personalities, Rick Sanchez and also his grand sonMorty Smith Rick and also Morty has actually been just one of Adult Swim’s most prominent programs over its 6 periods. In 2018, Adult Swim ordered 70 new episodes of the program, which would certainly expand the program to roughly 10 periods. Reached for remark, an Adult Swim agent had no discuss the fees versus Roiland.
Roiland additionally created a game workshop, Squanch Games (previously called Squanchtendo), in 2016. The business has actually launched 4 games: Accounting,Dr Splorchy Presents: Space Heroes, Trover Saves the Universe, and alsoHigh on Life High on Life debuted in December 2022 and also promptly came to be a significant success– it was the biggest Game Pass launch of the year. Squanch Games has actually not replied to Polygon’s ask for remark..