Adult Swim announced Tuesday that it has cut ties with Justin Roiland, the star and co-creator of the animated comedy series «Rick and Morty,» as he faces felony domestic violence charges.
the cable channel retweeted a statement from the official «Rick and Morty» Twitter account that he intends to continue with the show’s seventh season but that he «has ended his association with Justin Roiland.» Adult Swim confirmed the news in an emailed statement to NBC News.
Roiland, who voices the main characters Rick and Morty, will be recast, according to Marie Moore, senior vice president of communications for Warner Bros. Discovery, which owns Adult Swim.
NBC News first broke the news that Roiland had been charged with felony domestic violence in Orange County, California, in connection with a 2020 incident.
Roiland pleaded not guilty in 2020 and was in court for a pretrial hearing on January 12. In a statement, one of Roiland’s lawyers wrote that his client is innocent and expects the case to be dismissed.
“We look forward to clearing Justin’s name and helping him move forward as quickly as possible,” attorney T. Edward Welbourn wrote.
Roiland, 42, was charged with one felony domestic battery with bodily harm and one felony false imprisonment by threat, violence, fraud and/or deception.
The criminal complaint states that the incident occurred around January 19, 2020 against a woman, identified as Jane Doe, who was dating Roiland at the time.
Details of the case, including police body camera footage, police reports, abuse investigation reports, medical reports, and interview recordings are currently withheld from the public under a protection order.
The affidavit in support of Roiland’s arrest is also sealed. Roiland was ordered at a pretrial hearing earlier this month that he attend a subsequent hearing on April 27.
«Rick and Morty» premiered in December 2013 and quickly became one of the most popular adult cartoons, generating billions of dollars and media spend. marketing franchise. The show’s sixth season premiered in September 2022, and Cartoon Network ordered a seventh season as part of a long-term deal for 70 new episodes.
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