Adult Swim Parts Ways With Rick and Morty Co-Creator Following Domestic Abuse Charges

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Adult Swim has cut ties with Justin Roiland after the Rick and Morty co-creator was charged with felony domestic abuse in Orange County.

Adult Swim/Cartoon Network/Boomerang Senior VP communications Marie Moore said in a statement on Tuesday: “Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland.”

Adult Swim distributes Rick and Morty, the hit adult animation comedy that Roiland co-created and executive produced, and for which he voiced both Rick and Morty. The Hollywood Reporter reported on Jan. 17, that Adult Swim isn’t even halfway through a massive 70-episode order for the show.

Sources say Rick and Morty is set to continue, with Roiland’s voice roles set to be recast. Roiland will always be credited as co-creator, however fellow co-creator Dan Harmon will now be the sole showrunner. The show is locked in through season 10. Roiland is currently still involved with several ongoing projects with Hulu.

On Jan. 12, NBC News was the first to break that Roiland was charged with one count of domestic battery with corporal injury and one count of false imprisonment by menage, violence, fraud or deceit in Orange County based on an alleged 2020 incident with an unnamed Jane Doe that Roiland was dating. Roiland has pled not guilty, and in 2020 was released on a $50,000 bond. Several pretrial hearings have already occured, and Roiland is expected to return to court on April 27.

Roiland’s attorney T. Edward Welbourn said the media coverage of the case has been “inaccurate.” Welbourn also said, “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.”


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