The creator of the show High on Life, Justin Roiland cleared of domestic violence charges and says that his ex-girlfriend’s claims are not true. “I’m disappointed that so many people were so quick to judge without knowing the facts,” he stated “.
In January of this year, Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland was arrested for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend. As soon as word of the lawsuit leaked out, Roiland departed the production company responsible for High on Life, and Adult Swim removed him as a writer on the smash hit program Rick and Morty.
Justin Roiland Cleared of Domestic Violence Charges
Roiland responded to the dropped accusations with a message on social media, expressing gratitude that “the case has been dismissed. He wrote, “I’m still deeply shaken by the horrible lies that were reported about me during this process.”
— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) March 22, 2023
The attorney representing Roiland, T. Edward Welbourn, has stated the following: “I commend the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for conducting a thorough review of the facts and deciding to dismiss the case against Justin. I’m thankful justice has prevailed.”
Prior to his trial, Roiland had a pre-trial hearing in January. He was charged with one serious felony of domestic violence with corporal harm and one felony count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, and/or deception. He submitted a not-guilty plea in 2020. On April 27, the judge will hold a second pretrial hearing.
Because of the domestic abuse allegations, Adult Swim ended their working relationship with Roiland at the end of January. In a short statement at the time, the network said: “Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland.” His work on the show’s voice cast was being recast, and co-creator Dan Harmon would be taking over as showrunner for Seasons 10 and beyond. A month after his first-person shooter High on Life became the most played game on Xbox’s Game Pass, Roiland departed the gaming firm he co-founded, Squanch Games.