'Rick and Morty' Co-Creator Justin Roiland Facing Felony Domestic Violence Charges

The charges stem from an alleged 2020 incident

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BY Allie GregoryPublished Jan 12, 2023

Justin Roiland — one-half of the duo behind long-running Adult Swim animated series Rick and Morty alongside Dan Harmon — has been charged with domestic battery and false imprisonment stemming from a 2020 incident with a former partner.

A criminal complaint obtained by NBC News sees Roiland 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 involving a woman referred to as Jane Doe whom Roiland was dating at the time.

Roiland appeared in court today for a pre-trial hearing. A trial date has not been set. His next appearance in court is set for April 27. 

NBC reports that following the incident, which took place on January 19, 2020, Roiland was charged in May that same year, arrested and released on a $50,000 bond in August 2020. He was arraigned in October 2020 and pleaded not guilty to the charges. 

A protective order on behalf of the alleged victim prevents Roiland from going within 100 feet of her. Roiland is ordered not to harass, threaten or surveil the person, and to turn in any firearms he owned or possessed.

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