The Adult Swim channel, responsible for the series “Rick and Morty”, announced, this Wednesday (25), the resignation of Justin Roiland – creator and original voice actor of the two protagonist characters of the animation.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Roiland faces criminal domestic violence charges in US court.
“Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland. Rick and Morty will continue. The talented and dedicated team is hard at work on Season 7,” said a statement posted on the show’s social media.
— Rick and Morty (@RickandMorty) January 24, 2023
In early January, an exclusive NBC News report revealed that Justin Roiland, the voice behind the characters Rick and Morty, responds to domestic violence allegations in the US state of California.
The episode allegedly took place on January 19, 2020 and the complaint was filed with the United States Justice in May 2020. Roiland pleaded not guilty.
According to the testimonies in the process, Roiland is responsible for the crime of domestic aggression with bodily injury and the crime of false imprisonment for threat, violence, fraud and/or deceit.
The victim, who has not been identified, was dating the creator of “Rick and Morty” at the time.
According to a classified court record obtained by NBC News, Roiland was arrested in August 2020, but left prison after posting a $50,000 bond.
He was indicted in October of that year and is prohibited from being within 30 meters of the victim.
Since the complaint, the case has gone through more than a dozen court hearings, but there is still no set date for the sentence.
Roiland’s attorney T. Edward Welbourn has stated that his client is innocent and hopes the case will be dismissed: “We look forward to clearing Justin’s name and helping him move forward as quickly as possible.”
Source: CNN Brasil
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