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Grownup Swim has severed its relationship with Rick and Morty co-creator and star Justin Roiland within the wake of a information report revealing that he is facing felony domestic violence charges in reference to a 2020 incident in Orange County, Calif.
The channel stated in a quick assertion obtained by EW on Tuesday that it “has ended its affiliation” with Roiland and that Rick and Morty, the favored animated sci-fi comedy collection he created with Dan Harmon, would proceed. “The proficient and devoted crew are arduous at work on season 7,” the assertion concluded.
Representatives for Roiland did not instantly reply to EW’s request for remark.
The Grownup Swim announcement comes lower than two weeks after NBC News revealed that Roiland, 42, was charged in Might 2020 with one felony rely of home battery with corporal harm and one felony rely of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud and/or deceit. In accordance with a felony grievance obtained by EW, the incident occurred on or about Jan. 19, 2020, with an nameless girl recognized as Jane Doe, and resulted in a “traumatic situation” for the girl, who was “in a relationship relationship” with Roiland on the time.
Roiland pleaded not responsible to the costs in October 2020 and appeared in courtroom earlier this month for a pretrial listening to. A trial date has not but been set, and one other pretrial listening to is about for April 27.
In an announcement offered to EW on Jan. 12, Roiland’s lawyer T. Edward Welbourn denied the allegations and blasted information protection of the case. “It’s arduous to overstate how inaccurate the latest media protection of this case has been,” he stated. “To be clear, not solely is Justin harmless however we even have each expectation that this matter is on track to be dismissed as soon as the District Legal professional’s workplace has accomplished its methodical overview of the proof. We sit up for clearing Justin’s title and serving to him transfer ahead as swiftly as doable.”
Season 6 of Rick and Morty completed airing in December, and season 7 was beforehand ordered by Grownup Swim as a part of a long-term 70-episode deal in 2018. Roiland has voiced each title characters because the present’s inception, so it stands to cause his roles will probably be recast.
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