Back to IndieWire

‘Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator and Star Justin Roiland Charged with Felony Domestic Violence

The charges date to an alleged incident in 2020. Roiland has pleaded not guilty.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 07:  Justin Roiland attends The Game Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on December 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)

Justin Roiland

Getty Images

UPDATED: Variety reports that Justin Roiland, co-creator and star of Adult Swim’s animated science-fiction sitcom “Rick and Morty” is currently “facing felony charges related to a 2020 incident of alleged domestic violence.” The outlet reports that Roiland was charged in Orange County, California on “one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury and one felony count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud and/or deceit.”

The charges date to 2020 and an alleged incident that occurred “on or around January 19, 2020, against an unnamed Jane Doe who was dating Roiland at the time.” The outlet reports that Roiland was previously released on a $50,000 bond on August 13, 2020, and was arraigned on October 14, 2020. Roiland pleaded not guilty in 2020, and appeared in court on January 12, 2023 for a pre-trial hearing. A trial date has not yet been set.

Roiland co-created the popular animated offering “Rick and Morty” alongside Dan Harmon. Roiland voices both of the show’s titular characters, scientist Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty Smith. The series’ sixth season ended last December, and a seventh season is in the works, as part of the series’ long-running deal with Cartoon Network. He also co-created Hulu’s “Solar Opposites,” in which he also voices that series’ main character, Korvo.

Roiland has also voiced characters on “Adventure Time,” “Gravity Falls,” and “Fish Hooks.” Additional credits include “The Simpsons,” “Robot Chicken,” “Yo Gabba Gabba!,” and “Community.” Variety notes that is also the founder of animation studio Justin Roiland’s Solo Vanity Card Productions! and video game studio Squanch Games.

UPDATE: After initial publication of this article, Roiland’s lawyer, T. Edward Welbourn, shared the following statement with IndieWire:

“It is hard to overstate how inaccurate the recent media coverage of this situation has been. 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. We look forward to clearing Justin’s name and helping him move forward as swiftly as possible.”

Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

This Article is related to: Television and tagged , ,

Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox