Dustin Diamond Trial: Victim Didn't Know He'd Been Stabbed Until Leaving the Bar
"Before the altercation, I was not bleeding or stabbed. After the altercation, I was," the alleged victim told jurors
Diamond, 38, who’s best known for playing “Screech” in the early 1990s sitcom Saved by the Bell, was charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon after he admitted he was armed with a knife during a brawl at the Grand Avenue Saloon in Port Washington, Wisconsin, on Dec. 25.
During Diamond’s second day in court, Casey Smet, the man he allegedly stabbed, testified that he didn’t know he’d been injured until he left the bar and spoke with police, according to the Associated Press. The 25-year-old said he and Diamond had been in a fight, but he couldn’t remember what it was about.
“Before the altercation, I was not bleeding or stabbed. After the altercation, I was,” he said in court.
Police body-camera video recorded the night of the incident shows Smet revealing a bleeding cut on his abdomen. He later told officers he didn’t know the name of the man who stabbed him but could point him out.
Prosecutors presented the clothes he wore that night as evidence, including a bloody shirt, sweater and sliced coat.
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The fight allegedly began when a woman knocked into Diamond’s girlfriend at the bar, eventually causing an all-out brawl.
Bethany Ward, 25, testified on Thursday that it was her cousin who “stumbled and pushed” Diamond’s girlfriend, Amanda Schutz, the AP reports.
Ward claims Schutz responded by grabbing her cousin’s hand as she was she was trying to leave the bar – and when Shutz refused to release her arm, Ward punched her in the face.
“I told her to let go. I said, ‘Let go,’ a few times,” Ward said in court. “She didn’t let go, so I hit her in the face.”
A fight broke out after the punch was thrown, and Ward testified that while she didn’t actually see Diamond with a knife, she heard someone shouting that he had one in his hand.
Diamond’s defense attorney argues that no one witnessed the stabbing, and that video footage from the bar is too blurry to confirm the allegations.