Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland has been reported to be facing domestic violence charges in California. The writer and voice actor on the much-loved adult animation series was reportedly offered a plea deal but, according to NBC News, he rejected it and pleaded not guilty.
The news reports say this stems from a 2020 incident and criminal complaint relating to Roiland, 42, resulting in one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury and one felony count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud and/or deceit.
He appeared in court yesterday for a pre-trial hearing, so the sealed legal records became public. According to the papers the incident occurred in January 2020 against an anonymous Jane Doe who was dating Roiland at the time.
Roiland’s attorney, T. Edward Welbourn, subsequently issued a statement to Variety:
“It is hard to overstate how inaccurate the recent media coverage of this situation has been. 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.”
He voices the show’s title characters Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith. In addition to Rick and Morty, Roiland is the co-creator of Hulu’s Solar Opposites, in which he voices the main character, Korvo. His new animated series Koala Man just debuted on Hulu.