Grownup Swim cuts ties with ‘Rick and Morty’ co-creator following abuse fees

Adult Swim cuts ties with 'Rick and Morty' co-creator following abuse charges

Grownup Swim introduced Tuesday it has lower ties with “Rick and Morty” co-creator Justin Roiland following the information this month he has been charged with felony home abuse in California.

“Grownup Swim has ended its affiliation with Justin Roiland,” Grownup Swim/Cartoon Community/Boomerang spokesperson Marie Moore stated in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter.

A tweet from the “Rick and Morty” account Tuesday famous the favored grownup cartoon will proceed: “The gifted and devoted crew are laborious at work on Season 7.”

Roiland, who voices the titular characters Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith and serves as an govt producer of the present, was charged in 2020 in Orange County with one felony depend of home battery with corporal damage and one felony depend of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud and/or deceit, courtroom information present.

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Roiland pleaded not responsible to felony home abuse fees in California.
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Roiland, 42, pleaded not responsible in 2020 to the fees, which stem from an incident that allegedly occurred on or about Jan. 19, 2020, involving an nameless girl reportedly “in a courting relationship” with Roiland on the time.

Particulars are being withheld from the general public underneath a protecting order, based on NBC News, which broke the information of the fees earlier this month.

The Submit reached out to Roiland’s lawyer and Grownup Swim for remark Tuesday. An Grownup Swim consultant pointed The Submit to the Tuesday tweet from the “Rick and Morty” account.

A two-time Emmy winner, Roiland was launched on a $50,000 bond in August 2020 earlier than being arraigned in October of that very same 12 months, information present.

At a pre-trial listening to on Jan. 12, Roiland’s lawyer famous a plea deal was on the desk, however particulars weren’t obtainable on the time, NBC News reported. Roiland is predicted to seem in courtroom on April 27 for one more pre-trial listening to. A trial date has not been set.

In a previous assertion to The Submit, Roiland’s lawyer, T. Edward Welbourn, known as media protection of his shopper’s case “inaccurate” and vouched for his innocence.

“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 Lawyer’s workplace has accomplished its methodical assessment of the proof,” Welbourn stated. “We look ahead to clearing Justin’s identify and serving to him transfer ahead as swiftly as potential.”

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The present’s group is in the course of a 70-episode fee from Grownup Swim.
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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Grownup Swim commissioned 70 new episodes of the animated sci-fi sequence, which premiered in 2013 — and the group isn’t midway by way of the 2018 order. The outlet reported the characters as soon as voiced by Roiland would require re-casting following his exit.

Roiland has voiced plenty of animated roles, most just lately working with Hulu as co-creator of the streaming large’s present “Photo voltaic Opposites.” He’s additionally govt producing and voicing Hulu’s “Koala Man.” The Submit reached out to Hulu for remark Tuesday.