Adult Swim Ends Collaboration With Justin Roiland Ahead Of Domestic Violence Trial

Adult Swim has ended its collaboration with Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland as he awaits trial for domestic violence against a former girlfriend.

The channel said in a statement that the popular US animated film will continue into its seventh season despite the writer’s absence.

Roiland co-created the animated sci-fi sitcom about a mad scientist and his grandson with Dan Harmon, and provides the voices of the two title characters.

Rick and Morty aired on Cartoon Network as part of its nightly Adult Swim programming for six seasons and was renewed for a seventh.

A statement released online by Adult Swim on Tuesday said: “Adult Swim has ended its collaboration with Justin Roiland.

“Rick and Morty will continue. The talented and dedicated crew is hard at work on Season 7.”

A criminal complaint previously obtained by The Associated Press from prosecutors in Orange County, California, charged Roiland, 42, with assault and false imprisonment through threats, fraud, violence or deception against the woman he was living with at the time.

The woman was not identified in court documents and Roiland has pleaded not guilty.

The incident happened in January 2020 and Roiland was charged in May this year, but the charges apparently went unnoticed by the media until NBC News reported them on Thursday, when the case was at a pre-trial hearing.

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Emails seeking comment from Roiland’s attorney and representatives from Cartoon Network, which broadcasts Rick and Morty in the US, were not immediately responded to. Roiland is expected to return to court in April.

A trial date has not been set. Adult Swim Ends Collaboration With Justin Roiland Ahead Of Domestic Violence Trial

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