Adult Swim, the channel that airs the adult animated sitcom Rick and Morty, has announced that it has severed ties with co-creator Justin Roiland over allegations of domestic violence.
Earlier this month, it was reported that prosecutors in Orange County, California, filed a criminal complaint against Roiland and found him charged with threats, fraud, violence or fraud for assault and false imprisonment against his ex-wife. be accused of it. live in this moment.
According to the Associated Press, the woman was not identified in court documents and the animator pleaded not guilty to the incident, which occurred in January 2020.
The case was reported by NBC News on January 12 this year when a preliminary hearing was held.
In a statement from Adult Swim, the cable TV network said: “Adult Swim has ended its partnership with Justin Roiland.
“Rick and Morty will continue. The talented and dedicated team is hard at work on Season 7.”
In a statement recently released by one of Roiland’s lawyers, they said they would look forward to clearing the 42-year-old’s name.
“We look forward to clearing Justin’s name and moving him forward as quickly as possible,” they said.
Public documents seen by NBC earlier this month say Roiland was arrested in August 2020 and released on $50,000 (£40,583) bail before being charged in October this year.
A protective order was filed in 2020, which will last until October 2023, saying he must not “harass, threaten or guard” the anonymous individual in the protective order and not approach within 100 feet of her.
The voice actor was also asked to surrender any firearms in his possession or possession.
Roiland and Dan Harmon, with whom he created Rick and Morty, first met at a film festival called Channel 101 in Los Angeles.
The cartoon follows a scientist named Rick and his grandson Morty – both voiced by Roiland – as they embark on dangerous adventures across the universe.
The premise was inspired by a Back to the Future parody short that Roiland made for the Channel 101 festival.