Adult Swim cuts ties with ‘Rick and Morty’ co-creator over abuse allegations

Adult Swim announced on Tuesday that it had severed ties with “Rick and Morty” co-creator Justin Roiland after it was announced this month that he had been charged with domestic violence in California.

“Adult Swim has terminated its association with Justin Roiland,” Adult Swim/Cartoon Network/Boomerang spokeswoman Marie Moore said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

A tweet from the “Rick and Morty” account on Tuesday noted that the popular adult cartoon will continue: “The talented and dedicated team is hard at work on Season 7.”

Roiland, who voices titular characters Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith and serves as an executive producer on the show, was charged in 2020 in Orange County with one count of domestic battery with bodily harm and one count of false imprisonment by threat, violence, fraud and/or deception, according to court records.

Roiland has pleaded not guilty to domestic abuse charges in California.
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Roiland, 42, pleaded not guilty in 2020 to the charges, which stem from an incident that allegedly occurred on or around January 19, 2020, involving an unnamed woman who was allegedly ‘in a romantic relationship’ with Roiland at the time. .

The details are withheld from the public under a protective order, according to NBC News, which broke news of the charges earlier this month.

The Post reached out to Roiland and Adult Swim’s attorney for comment on Tuesday. A rep for Adult Swim pointed The Post to Tuesday’s tweet from the “Rick and Morty” account.

A two-time Emmy winner, Roiland was released on $50,000 bond in August 2020 before being arraigned in October of that year, records show.

During a preliminary hearing on January 12, Roiland’s attorney noted that a plea deal was on the table, but details were not available at the time, NBC News reported. Roiland is scheduled to appear in court on April 27 for another preliminary hearing. A trial date has not been set.

In an earlier statement to The Post, Roiland’s lawyer, T. Edward Welbourn, called media coverage of his client’s case “inaccurate” and vouched for his innocence.

“To be clear, not only is Justin innocent, but we also expect this case to be on the verge of being dismissed once the district attorney’s office completes its methodical review of the evidence,” Welbourn said. . “We look forward to clearing Justin’s name and helping him move forward as quickly as possible.”


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The show’s team is in the middle of a 70-episode order from Adult Swim.
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Adult Swim has ordered 70 new episodes of the sci-fi animated series, which premiered in 2013 — and the team isn’t halfway through the 2018 order. reported that the characters once voiced by Roiland would require a recast after release.

Roiland has voiced a number of animated roles, most recently working with Hulu as co-creator of the streaming giant’s show “Solar Opposites.” He is also an executive producer and performer of Hulu’s “Koala Man.” The Post contacted Hulu for comment on Tuesday.

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