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'Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland,' a statement published to the official Rick and Morty Twitter account announced Tuesday.

Rick and Morty co-creator and star Justin Roiland is DROPPED by Adult Swim following felony domestic violence charges - but channel 'WILL continue' with animated series and Roiland's voice roles to be recast

By Carly Johnson and Keith Griffith For Dailymail.com

Published: 00:14 GMT, 25 January 2023 | Updated: 00:19 GMT, 25 January 2023

Rick and Morty co-creator and star Justin Roiland has been dropped by Adult Swim after he was charged with felony domestic violence against a former girlfriend. 

The animator/actor, 42, pleaded not guilty and is currently awaiting trial over the alleged 2020 incident. 

'Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland,' a statement published to the official Rick and Morty Twitter account announced Tuesday.

The animated sci-fi sitcom 'will continue' despite Roiland's absence and THR reports that his voice roles are set to be recast.

Along with co-creating the hit series with Dan Harmon, Roiland voiced its titular characters: mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his accomplice/grandson Morty Smith. 

Cutting ties: Rick and Morty co-creator and star Justin Roiland has been dropped by Adult Swim after he was charged with felony domestic violence against a former girlfriend. The animator/actor, 42, pleaded not guilty and is currently awaiting trial over the alleged 2020 incident; seen in 2019
Cutting ties: Rick and Morty co-creator and star Justin Roiland has been dropped by Adult Swim after he was charged with felony domestic violence against a former girlfriend. The animator/actor, 42, pleaded not guilty and is currently awaiting trial over the alleged 2020 incident; seen in 2019

Cutting ties: Rick and Morty co-creator and star Justin Roiland has been dropped by Adult Swim after he was charged with felony domestic violence against a former girlfriend. The animator/actor, 42, pleaded not guilty and is currently awaiting trial over the alleged 2020 incident; seen in 2019

Though Harmon is now the sole showrunner, Roiland will continue to be credited as co-creator.

The show's Twitter statement also noted that the 'talented and dedicated cast and crew are hard at work on season seven,' which was expected to premiere sometime this year. It is unknown if Roiland's sudden axing will result in delays

The series is locked in until season 10 as part of a 70-episode order made by Adult Swim back in 2018.

News of Roiland's domestic abuse charges came to light earlier this month when NBC News reported on the case, citing a copy of the criminal complaint, which DailyMail.com later confirmed after a review of court records.

He appeared in an Orange County, California court on Thursday, January 12 in connection with the case, after previously pleading not guilty to felony counts of domestic battery with corporal injury and false imprisonment.

The criminal charges, first filed in May 2020, had not been previously reported.

'Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland,' a statement published to the official Rick and Morty Twitter account announced Tuesday
'Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland,' a statement published to the official Rick and Morty Twitter account announced Tuesday

'Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland,' a statement published to the official Rick and Morty Twitter account announced Tuesday

The sci-fi sitcom 'will continue' despite Roiland's absence and THR reports that his voice roles are set to be recast. Roiland voices the show's titular characters: mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his accomplice/grandson Morty Smith (pictured)
The sci-fi sitcom 'will continue' despite Roiland's absence and THR reports that his voice roles are set to be recast. Roiland voices the show's titular characters: mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his accomplice/grandson Morty Smith (pictured)

The sci-fi sitcom 'will continue' despite Roiland's absence and THR reports that his voice roles are set to be recast. Roiland voices the show's titular characters: mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his accomplice/grandson Morty Smith (pictured)

According to the complaint, the charges stem from an incident around January 19, 2020, when a woman who was dating Roiland, identified only as Jane Doe, made the allegations against him.

Many of the documents in the case remain sealed, including the police affidavit in support of Roiland's arrest, as well as police bodycam footage and investigation reports.

Roiland was apparently arrested in August 2020 and freed on a $50,000 bond.

He was charged with one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury and one felony count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud and/or deceit.

He pleaded not guilty to both charges at an October 2020 arraignment, and the case has proceeded through the court system without attracting public attention.

Under a protective order filed in October 2020, Roiland was ordered not to harass, threaten or surveil the person named in the protective order, whose name does not appear in public court documents.

Hearing: He appeared in an Orange County, California court on Thursday, January 12 in connection with the case, after previously pleading not guilty to felony counts of domestic battery with corporal injury and false imprisonment; seen in 2017
Hearing: He appeared in an Orange County, California court on Thursday, January 12 in connection with the case, after previously pleading not guilty to felony counts of domestic battery with corporal injury and false imprisonment; seen in 2017

Hearing: He appeared in an Orange County, California court on Thursday, January 12 in connection with the case, after previously pleading not guilty to felony counts of domestic battery with corporal injury and false imprisonment; seen in 2017

Roiland was also prohibited from coming within 100 feet of the person named in the order, and required to surrender any guns he may have owned or possessed. The protective order extends until October 2023.

At Thursday's court hearing, Roiland's attorney revealed that a plea deal has been offered to his client, but did not provide further details, according to NBC News.

His attorney, Edward Welbourn, told DailyMail.com he was confident the charges would be dropped.

'It is hard to overstate how inaccurate the recent media coverage of this situation has been,' said Welbourn.

'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.'

His attorney, Edward Welbourn, told DailyMail.com he was confident the charges would be dropped; Roiland seen in 2019
His attorney, Edward Welbourn, told DailyMail.com he was confident the charges would be dropped; Roiland seen in 2019

His attorney, Edward Welbourn, told DailyMail.com he was confident the charges would be dropped; Roiland seen in 2019

Origin: Rick and Morty originated out of a short parody film of Back to the Future that Roiland and Harmon created for the Los Angeles media collective Channel101
Origin: Rick and Morty originated out of a short parody film of Back to the Future that Roiland and Harmon created for the Los Angeles media collective Channel101

Origin: Rick and Morty originated out of a short parody film of Back to the Future that Roiland and Harmon created for the Los Angeles media collective Channel101

Rick and Morty originated out of a short parody film of Back to the Future that Roiland and Harmon created for the Los Angeles media collective Channel101.

The series debuted on Adult Swim in 2013, quickly garnering a devoted following and expanded into a franchise worth billions.

The sixth season of Rick and Morty recently concluded, and a seventh season was previously confirmed as part of a long-term deal with Cartoon Network that ordered 70 new episodes.

Little is known of Roiland's personal life, and he has not publicly confirmed any long-term romantic relationships since rising to stardom.

A representative for Warner Bros. Discovery, which owns Adult Swim and sister channel Cartoon Network, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com on Thursday afternoon.

Roiland is next due to appear in court on April 27. A potential trial date has not yet been set in the case.

Success: The series debuted on Adult Swim in 2013, quickly garnering a devoted following and expanded into a franchise worth billions
Success: The series debuted on Adult Swim in 2013, quickly garnering a devoted following and expanded into a franchise worth billions

Success: The series debuted on Adult Swim in 2013, quickly garnering a devoted following and expanded into a franchise worth billions

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