Adult Swim cuts ties with Justin Roiland over domestic violence allegations

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 domestic violence charges.

The cable channel retweeted a statement from the official “Rick and Morty” Twitter account that it plans to continue with the show’s seventh season, but that it has “ended its partnership with Justin Roiland.” Adult Swim confirmed the news in an emailed statement to NBC News.

Roiland, who voices the title characters Rick and Morty, will be recast, according to Marie Moore, senior vice president of communications at Warner Bros. Discovery, owner of 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 on January 12 for a pre-trial hearing. 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 moving him forward as soon as possible,” attorney T. Edward Welbourn wrote.

Roiland, 42, was charged with one count of domestic violence involving bodily harm and one count of false imprisonment by threat, violence, fraud and/or deceit.

The indictment states that the incident occurred on or about January 19, 2020, against a woman, identified as Jane Doe, who was in a relationship with Roiland at the time.

Details of the case, including police CCTV footage, police reports, abuse investigation reports, medical reports and taped interviews are currently withheld from the public under a precautionary order.

The affidavit supporting Roiland’s arrest has also been sealed. Roiland was ordered at the pretrial hearing earlier this month to attend a subsequent hearing on April 27.

“Rick and Morty” debuted in December 2013 and quickly became one of the most popular adult-oriented cartoons, spawning a billion-dollar media and merchandising franchise. The show’s sixth season premiered in September 2022, and a seventh season was ordered by Cartoon Network as part of a long-term deal for 70 new episodes.

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