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Rick and Morty Co-Creator Justin Roiland Arrested on​ Domestic Violence Charges

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Roiland, best known for his work on Rick and Morty as the voice of both titular characters, faces felony charges of domestic battery and false imprisonment by menace.

Justin Roiland, the co-creator and star of hit adult animated show Rick and Morty, was arrested last night on charges of domestic violence.

NBC News first reported that Roiland was arrested and 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 in an incident from 2020. The claims come from a Jane Doe, who Roiland was dating at the time.

The incident occurred in January 2020, with Roiland charged in May 2020 and released on a $50,000 bond. Doe was granted an order of protection until October 2023, but no trial date has yet been assigned.

Roiland's attorney told NBC that his client was offered a plea deal, but declined to accept. In a statement to Rolling Stone, Roiland's attorney, T. Edward Welbourn, maintained his innocence.

“It is hard to overstate how inaccurate the recent media coverage of this situation has been," Welbourn said. "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.”

Roiland is best known for his work on Rick and Morty, voicing both titular characters Rick and Morty, as well as several background characters. Roiland co-created the show with Community's Dan Harmon, who was accused of and admitted to sexually harassing a writer on the show in 2018.

Since its release on Adult Swim in 2013, Rick and Morty has become a billion-dollar franchise. Roiland also created Hulu's Solar Opposites, with his arrest coming just days after the debut of his newest animated series, Koala Man, on the platform. Neither the streamer nor Cartoon Network have released a statement in response to the charges.

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