Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland awaits trial for domestic violence against ex-girlfriend
Roiland has pleaded not guilty to charges from May 2020
Justin Roiland, who co-created the animated series Rick and Morty and provides the voices of the two title characters, is awaiting trial on charges of felony domestic violence against a former girlfriend.
A criminal complaint obtained Thursday by The Associated Press from prosecutors in Orange County, Calif., charged Roiland, 42, with corporal injury and false imprisonment by menace, fraud, violence or deceit against the woman, whom he was living with at the time. The woman was not identified in court documents.
Roiland has pleaded not guilty.
The alleged incident occurred in January 2020, and Roiland was charged in May of that year, but the charges apparently went unnoticed by media outlets until NBC News reported them on Thursday, when a pre-trial hearing was held in the case.
Emails seeking comment from Roiland's attorney and representatives for Cartoon Network, which airs Rick and Morty, were not immediately returned. Roiland is set to return to court in April. A trial date has not been set.
Roiland and Dan Harmon created the animated sci-fi sitcom about a mad scientist and his grandson, both voiced by Roiland. It has aired for six seasons on Cartoon Network as part of its Adult Swim nighttime programming block and has been renewed for a seventh.