California prosecutors have dismissed felony home violence costs towards Justin Roiland, co-creator of the animated comedy Rick and Morty, nearly two months after he was dropped from the present.
“We dismissed the fees at present as a result of there was inadequate proof to show the case past cheap doubt,” mentioned Orange County district legal professional’s spokeswoman Kimberly Edds on Wednesday.
Roiland, 43, was dealing with one felony depend of home battery with corporal damage and one felony depend of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud or deceit in reference to an alleged January 2020 incident involving a former girlfriend. After the fees got here to mild, Roiland was dropped by Grownup Swim and Hulu Originals, affecting a wide range of tv reveals he was concerned in.
Roiland celebrated the dismissal, tweeting “justice” together with an announcement.
“I’ve all the time identified that these claims have been false — and I by no means had any doubt that at the present time would come,” he wrote. “I’m grateful that this case has been dismissed however, on the similar time, I’m nonetheless deeply shaken by the horrible lies that have been reported about me throughout this course of.”
Roiland added that he was “disenchanted that so many individuals have been so fast to evaluate with out figuring out the information, primarily based solely on the phrase of a bitter ex attempting to bypass due course of and have me ‘canceled.’”
Roiland was charged again in Might 2020 and pleaded not responsible. The fees went unnoticed by media shops till Roiland’s case went to a pre-trial listening to this January.
When the home violence costs grew to become public, Grownup Swim, which airs Rick and Morty, introduced it had minimize ties with Roiland. Together with being a co-creator with Dan Harmon, Roiland additionally offered the voice appearing for the present’s two titular characters. The community mentioned they might recast his roles and Rick and Morty would proceed with out him.
Hulu Originals, which produced two different animated sequence that Roiland labored on, Photo voltaic Opposites and Koala Man, introduced on the time that it had additionally dropped Roiland and would recast his roles.
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Grownup Swim and Hulu Originals have each declined to touch upon Roiland’s costs being dropped.
Roiland’s lawyer, T. Edward Welbourn, wrote that he’s “grateful justice has prevailed.”
“I commend the Orange County district legal professional’s workplace for conducting an intensive evaluation of the information and deciding to dismiss the case towards Justin,” he added in a assertion to Selection.
Roiland famous on Twitter that he’s “decided to maneuver ahead and focus each on my inventive tasks and restoring my good title.”
— With recordsdata from The Related Press
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