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Adult Swim cuts ties with ‘Rick and Morty’ co-creator following abuse charges


Adult Swim said Tuesday it has cut ties with “Rick and Morty” co-creator Justin Roiland following the news this month he has been charged with felony domestic abuse in California.

“Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland,” Adult Swim/Cartoon Network/Boomerang spokesperson Marie Moore said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter.

A tweet from the “Rick and Morty” account Tuesday noted the favored adult cartoon will proceed: “The talented and dedicated crew are hard at work on Season 7.”

Roiland, who voices the titular characters Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith and serves as an executive producer of the show, was charged in 2020 in Orange County with one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury and one felony count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud and/or deceit, court records show.

Roiland pleaded not guilty to felony domestic abuse charges in California.Getty Images for IMDb

Roiland, 42, pleaded not guilty in 2020 to the fees, which stem from an incident that allegedly occurred on or about Jan. 19, 2020, involving an anonymous woman reportedly “in a dating relationship” with Roiland on the time.

Details are being withheld from the general public under a protective order, in accordance with NBC News, which broke the news of the fees earlier this month.

The Post reached out to Roiland’s attorney and Adult Swim for comment. An Adult Swim representative pointed The Post to the Tuesday tweet from the “Rick and Morty” account.

A two-time Emmy winner, Roiland was released on a $50,000 bond in August 2020 before being arraigned in October of that yr, records show.

At a pre-trial hearing on Jan. 12, Roiland’s attorney noted a plea deal was on the table, but details weren’t available on the time, NBC News reported. Roiland is predicted to seem in court April 27 for one more pre-trial hearing. A trial date has not been set.

In a previous statement to The Post, Roiland’s attorney, T. Edward Welbourn, called media coverage of his client’s case “inaccurate” and vouched for his innocence.

“To be clear, not only is Justin innocent, but we even have every expectation that this matter is on the right track to be dismissed once the district attorney’s office has accomplished its methodical review of the evidence,” Welbourn said. “We sit up for clearing Justin’s name and helping him move forward as swiftly as possible.”

Rick and MortyThe show’s team is in the course of a 70-episode commission from Adult Swim.Adult Swim / Cartoon Network

In line with the Hollywood Reporter, Adult Swim commissioned 70 latest episodes of the animated sci-fi series, which premiered in 2013 — and the team isn’t halfway through the 2018 order. The outlet reported the characters once voiced by Roiland would require re-casting following his exit.

Roiland has voiced quite a few animated roles, most recently working with Hulu as co-creator of the streaming giant’s show “Solar Opposites.” He can also be executive producing and voicing Hulu’s “Koala Man.” The Post reached out to Hulu for comment Tuesday.

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