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rick and morty co-creator and star Justin Roiland is facing two felony charges related to an alleged domestic violence incident from 2020, according to a criminal complaint obtained by NPR.
Roiland, 42, was charged in Orange County, Calif., two years ago for the alleged incident that occurred in January of that year, the complaint says.
There have been preliminary hearings in the case recently, and a representative from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office told NPR Roiland the next hearing will be on April 27.
NBC News, which first reported the charges, says Roiland was arrested and released on $50,000 bond in August 2020 and arraigned in October of that year. He pleaded not guilty.
Neither a lawyer nor a Roiland publicist immediately returned NPR’s request for comment.
He faces a felony charge of domestic battery with bodily harm. It’s for allegedly hurting an unnamed victim he was dating. He was also charged with sequestration. The court document says the victim is Jane Doe.
NBC also reports that a protective order was also filed in 2020 which prevents Roiland from approaching within 100 feet of the alleged victim.
Roiland is best known for creating rick and morty with Dan Harmon as well as the voicing the titular characters. The adult animated show follows the adventures of scientist Rick Sanchez and Morty, his grandson, across the multiverse. It first aired on Adult Swim in 2013. The show’s sixth season concluded in December.
Roiland also co-created solar opposites, another animated show airing on Hulu. The show was renewed for a fifth season in October.