'Rick and Morty' Creator Justin Roiland's Domestic Violence Charges Dropped

The animator is "deeply shaken by the horrible lies that were reported about me during this process"

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BY Allie GregoryPublished Mar 22, 2023

Justin Roiland, creator and primary voice actor of Rick and Morty, has had his domestic violence case dismissed in Orange County, TMZ reports.

As per a statement from the Orange County District Attorney [via Variety]: "We dismissed the charges today as a result of having insufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt."

Roiland said he is "deeply shaken by the horrible lies that were reported about me during this process" and "thankful the case has been dismissed."

"I have always known that these claims were false — and I never had any doubt that this day would come," Roiland shared in his statement posted to Twitter. "Most of all, I'm disappointed that so many people were so quick to judge without knowing the facts, based solely on the word of an embittered ex trying to bypass due process and have me 'cancelled.'"

Roiland continued, "That it may have succeeded, even partially, is shameful. However, now that the legal case has ended, I'm determined to move forward and focus both on my creative projects and restoring my good name."

Previously, Adult Swim had fired the animator from his own series as a result of the allegations, which saw Roiland charged with domestic battery and false imprisonment over an alleged 2020 incident involving a former partner. Hulu also dropped Roiland from its Solar Opposites.

Adult Swim has committed to fulfilling the remaining episodes of Ricky and Morty's current 70-episode order without Roiland. It remains unclear if he will get his job back, as the network has yet to comment on the matter publicly. 

Roiland has maintained his innocence in the case since the accusations came to light.

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