‘Rick and Morty’ Cuts Ties With Justin Roiland After Domestic Violence Charges

Adult Swim, which broadcasts the adult comedy “Rick and Morty,” announced Tuesday that it will no longer work with the series’ co-creator, Justin Roiland. The news comes less than two weeks after he was charged with domestic violence in Orange County.

“Adult Swim has terminated its association with Justin Roiland,” said a statement posted on social media and the official rick and morty “Rick and Morty To Be Continued” accounts.

Roiland, who also co-created and stars in Hulu’s “Solar Opposites,” appeared in court on January 12 for a pretrial hearing related to charges filed in May 2020.

According to the complaint obtained by The Times, Roiland faces one count of domestic battery with bodily harm and one count of false imprisonment for threat, violence, fraud and deception.

The complaint says the charges are related to an alleged incident that occurred around January 19, 2020, involving an unidentified Jane Doe who was dating Roiland at the time. Orange County Superior Court records indicate Roiland pleaded not guilty to both felonies when he was arraigned in October 2020.

According to these court records, Roiland had been released after posting $50,000 bail that August.

Roiland’s lawyer denied the charges, saying in a statement to The Times on January 12 that his client is “innocent” and they hope “this matter will be on track for dismissal once the district attorney’s office has completed its methodical review of the evidence”. .”

The writer-actor’s legal representative did not immediately respond to The Times’ request for comment on Tuesday.

The court will reconvene for Roiland’s pretrial hearing on April 27.

For six seasons, Roiland lent his voice to the main characters of “Rick and Morty,” mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty Smith. The roles will most likely be recast, as a representative for Adult Swim told The Times on Tuesday that “the show will go on without [Roiland’s] intervention.”

“Rick and Morty” was renewed through Season 10 as part of Adult Swim’s 70-episode compilation in 2018. Roiland and Dan Harmon co-created the Emmy Award-winning series, which premiered in 2013.

In Tuesday’s announcement, Adult Swim added that the “talented and dedicated team is hard at work on Season 7.”

Times Staff Writer Tracy Brown contributed to this report.


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