Justin Roiland, who co-created Rick & Morty, has released a statement in response to the closure of his recent criminal case.
Roiland was accused of domestic violence for an alleged incident in January 2020, which led to his removal from the animated series. In addition to co-creating the show, Roiland also provides the voices for both Rick and Morty.
However, Roiland’s case was ultimately dismissed due to insufficient evidence to substantiate the incident beyond a reasonable doubt.
After the dismissal of the case, Roiland shared the proceedings on his official Twitter account.
He shared this heartfelt message on Twitter, saying,
I have always known that these claims were false.Justin Roiland
He concluded the message on a positive note by saying that he was looking forward to focus on his ‘creative projects’ and restoring his’ good game.’
Whether or not Adult Swim will have Roiland back on board for season 7 of Rick and Morty remains to be seen.
This indecision could be due to the alleged dispute between him and co-creator Dan Harmon, which has remained unresolved for a considerable time.
Nonetheless, considering Roiland’s role as the voice of the show’s primary characters, there may be a motivating factor for the producers to at least bring him back in a performers capacity.
The accusations also had consequences beyond the sets of Rick and Morty for Roiland. Solar Opposites and Koala Man, two other properties he was working on, removed him from their production.
Although he had a lesser role as an executive producer on Koala Man, his removal still had an impact.
However, Roiland played a significant part in Solar Opposites, so his departure had detrimental implications for the show.
Only time will tell whether Roiland’s dismissal will affect Rick and Morty’s popularity.
However, the twitterati has pointed out that Roiland has faced other accusations of inappropriate behavior several times, such as allegedly sending messages to minors.
If any of these allegations gain traction and result in further consequences, potential employers may think twice before employing him in the future.
About Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty is an adult animation series on Adult Swim. It has been created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland.
The series revolves around a cynical older scientist named Rick Sanchez and his young grandson, Morty Smith. Their simple domestic life and eccentric intergalactic adventures are the focuses of the show.
Alongside the original television series, the show’s characters have been featured in a variety of media, including spin-offs, comic books, musical releases, and video games.