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Adult Swim’s Justin Roiland decision means Rick and Morty’s votes recast as co-creator leaves show over allegations | Ents & Arts News

The voices of American comedy characters Rick and Morty will be recast, after the show’s co-creator Justin Roiland was dropped amid allegations of domestic violence against him.

The 42-year-old – who co-created the animated series Adult Swim and voices the two title characters – is charged for an incident involving an ex-girlfriend. He denies the allegations.

Rick and Morty has aired six seasons on Cartoon Network as part of the Adult Swim nightly programming block, and has been renewed for a seventh.

A statement from Adult Swim said the popular American cartoon would continue despite the writer’s absence.

A statement released online Tuesday by Adult Swim said, “Adult Swim has terminated its partnership with Justin Roiland.

“Rick and Morty continues. The talented and dedicated crew is hard at work on season seven.”

RICK AND MORTY, from left: Rick Sanchez (voiced by Justin Roiland), Morty Smith (voiced by Justin Roiland), (Season 3, 2017).  photo: ©Adult Swim
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Rick and Morty. Photo: ©Adult Swim

A criminal complaint filed by prosecutors in May 2020, and viewed by NBC News, charged Roiland with bodily harm and false imprisonment by threat, fraud, and violence or deceit against the woman he was living with at the time.

The woman was not identified in court documents. Roiland has pleaded not guilty.

The charges relate to an incident in January 2020 and Roiland was charged in May of that year. However, the allegations apparently went unnoticed by the media until NBC News reported them.

Further documents seen by NBC News show that Roiland was arrested in August 2020 and released on $50,000 (£41,000) bail, before returning to court in October 2020.

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A protection order, introduced in October 2020 and in effect until October 2023, says he must not harass, threaten or guard the person named in the protection order, nor come within 30 meters of the person. He was also ordered to turn in any firearms he owned or possessed.

Roiland’s lawyer has maintained his innocence and said he looks forward to clearing his name.

He is expected to appear in court in April, but a trial date has not yet been set.

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