Rick and Morty's Justin Roiland gets axed amid domestic abuse charges

Los Angeles, California - Rick and Morty animator Justin Roiland has been fired from the popular animated TV show following domestic abuse charges.

Rick and Morty creator Justin Rolland (r) is out amid his upcoming trial over domestic charges from a 2020 incident.
Rick and Morty creator Justin Rolland (r) is out amid his upcoming trial over domestic charges from a 2020 incident.  © Collage: VIVIEN KILLILEA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP & IMAGO / Everett Collection

On Tuesday evening, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Adult Swim has cut ties with the 42-year-old animator as he awaits a trial over felony charges from a 2020 domestic dispute.

Per the outlet, the network's Senior VP of communications Marie Moore confirmed in a statement, "Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland."

Additionally, a tweet shared by Rick and Morty's official Twitter account noted that "Rick and Morty will continue," adding that "the talented and dedicated crew are hard at work on Season 7."

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On January 12, Roiland was charged with one count of domestic battery with corporal injury and one count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, or deceit in Orange County over a May 2020 incident with his ex-girlfriend who he lived with at the time.

According to THR, the Solar Opposites creator, who voices the main characters Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith, will be recast and the show's co-creator Dan Harmon will now be the lone show-runner.

In a statement earlier this month, Roiland's attorney T. Edward Welbourn claimed that the coverage of the case has been "inaccurate."

Welbourn added, "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."

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