Justin Roiland, the co-creator and former star of the popular animated show Rick and Morty, had the domestic violence charges against him dropped by the Orange County District Attorney’s office in California. Roiland expressed his relief and gratitude that the case was dismissed, but also voiced his disappointment over the lies that were spread about him during the process.
Roiland’s accuser, referred to as Jane Doe, made allegations in May 2020 concerning an incident she claimed occurred in January 2020. Roiland was charged with one felony count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud and/or deceit and one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury. Roiland pleaded not guilty to the charges in October 2020, and a hearing was set for April 2023.
On January 24, the producers of Rick and Morty announced that Adult Swim had terminated its association with Roiland, and that the show would continue without him. Roiland’s attorney, in January when the case was unsealed, said that they expected the matter to be dismissed once the District Attorney’s office completed its review of the evidence.
The charges were dropped because there was insufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, according to DA spokeswoman Kimberly Edds. NBC News reports that “significant additional information came to light.”
Roiland expressed his disappointment that so many people had judged him without knowing the facts, based solely on the word of his ex-partner who he called an “embittered ex” who sought to bypass due process and have him canceled. Roiland said that while he was deeply shaken by the lies that were spread about him during the process, he was determined to move forward, focus on his creative projects, and restore his good name.
In conclusion, the domestic violence charges against Justin Roiland, the co-creator and former star of Rick and Morty, were dropped due to insufficient evidence. Roiland expressed his relief but also his disappointment with the lies that were spread about him during the process. He intends to move forward and focus on his creative projects while restoring his good name.