Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland DROPPED by Adult Swim over domestic violence charges

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

The host/actor, 42, has pleaded not guilty and is currently awaiting trial for the alleged 2020 incident.

“Adult Swim has terminated its association with Justin Roiland,” a statement posted to the official Rick and Morty Twitter account said Tuesday.

The animated sci-fi sitcom will “continue” despite the absence of Roiland and THR reports that his voice roles should be recast.

In addition to 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 being charged with felony domestic violence against a former girlfriend. The host/actor, 42, has pleaded not guilty and is currently awaiting trial for the alleged 2020 incident; seen in 2019

Although 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 slated to air this year. It is unclear whether the sudden removal of Roiland will cause any delays

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

News of Roiland’s domestic violence 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 a court in Orange County, Calif., on Thursday, January 12, in connection with the case, after previously pleading not guilty to counts of domestic assault with bodily harm and forcible confinement.

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

“Adult Swim has terminated its association with Justin Roiland,” a statement posted to the official Rick and Morty Twitter account read on Tuesday.

The sci-fi sitcom

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 series’ 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, brought the allegations against him.

Numerous documents in the case remain sealed, including the police affidavit in support of Roiland’s arrest, as well as police body camera footage and investigation reports.

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

He was charged with one count of domestic assault with bodily harm and one count of forcible confinement by threat, violence, fraud and/or deception.

He pleaded not guilty to both counts in an October 2020 arraignment, and the case moved through the court system without drawing public attention.

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

Hearing: He appeared in a court in Orange County, Calif., on Thursday, January 12, in connection with the case, after previously pleading not guilty to counts of domestic assault with bodily harm and forcible confinement ;  seen in 2017

Hearing: He appeared in a court in Orange County, Calif., on Thursday, January 12, in connection with the case, after previously pleading not guilty to counts of domestic assault with bodily harm and forcible confinement ; seen in 2017

Roiland was also prohibited from approaching within 100 feet of the person named in the order and required to surrender any weapons he owned or possessed. The protection order extends until October 2023.

During Thursday’s hearing, Roiland’s attorney revealed that a plea deal had been offered to his client, but did not provide further details, according to NBC News.

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

“It’s hard to overstate how inaccurate recent media coverage of this situation has been,” Welbourn said.

“To be clear, not only is Justin innocent, but we also expect this case to be on the verge of being dismissed once the district attorney’s office completes its methodical review of the evidence.

“We look forward to clearing Justin’s name and helping him move forward as quickly as possible.”

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

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

Origin: Rick and Morty are from a Back to the Future parody short that Roiland and Harmon created for Los Angeles media collective Channel101

Origin: Rick and Morty are from a Back to the Future parody short that Roiland and Harmon created for Los Angeles media collective Channel101

Rick and Morty is from a Back to the Future parody short that Roiland and Harmon created for Los Angeles media collective Channel101.

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

The sixth season of Rick and Morty recently wrapped, and a seventh season was previously confirmed under a long-term deal with Cartoon Network which has ordered 70 new episodes.

Little is known about Roiland’s personal life and he has not publicly confirmed any long-term romantic relationship since rising to fame.

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

Roiland is then due in court on April 27. A potential trial date has yet to be set in the case.

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

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