Rick and Morty co-creator and High on Life creator Justin Roiland has been charged with domestic violence and false imprisonment. Roiland was initially charged in May 2020 in connection with an incident that occurred in January that year with an anonymous woman who he was dating at the time.
NBC News obtained the criminal complaint revealing Roiland is being hit with one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury and another felony count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, and/or deceit by the anonymous Jane Doe. Roiland has apparently pleaded “not guilty” to both charges. “We look forward to clearing Justin’s name and helping him move forward as swiftly as possible,” said Roiland’s attorney T. Edward Welbourn.
While a pre-trial hearing recently took place, a trial date has not been set yet. According to NBC, over a dozen hearings have taken place since the charges were originally raised. As for the May 2020 charge, Roiland was arrested but released on a $50,000 bond in August that year.
A protective order was then filed in October stating that Roiland was not permitted to surveil, harass, threaten or go within 100 feet of the Jane Doe. The order also stated that Roiland must turn in any firearms he owned or possessed. According to NBC’s sources, the order will last until October 2023 but it’s not known who originally filed it.
Roiland is best known for co-creating the adult animated series Rick and Morty alongside Dan Harmon and is also the creator of the recently released video game High on Life, which became popular on Xbox consoles and PC over December. Roiland is also credited as the co-creator and voice of the main character in Hulu’s Solar Opposites.
The story is still ongoing, though we’ll know more information in the coming months once a trial date is set.
Source: NBC News