'Rick and Morty' Co-Creator Justin Roiland 'Thankful' After Domestic Violence Charges Dropped

California prosecutors dropped a case against Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland after citing a "lack of sufficient evidence"

Justin Roiland attends The Game Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on December 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Justin Roiland . Photo: Greg Doherty/Getty

California prosecutors have dropped domestic violence charges against Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland.

Kimberly Edds, a spokesperson for the Orange County, California, District Attorney's Office (OCDA) said in a statement Wednesday, per NBC News, "We dismissed the charges today because there was insufficient evidence to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt."

She added that "significant additional information came to light," per the outlet.

A representative for the OCDA did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

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Roiland, 43, who voices both Rick and Morty on the television series, reacted to the news with posts shared on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Captioning the posts with the word "Justice," Roiland said he was "still deeply shaken by the horrible lies reported about me." The allegations were made by an unnamed woman, who was a former girlfriend.

"I'm so disappointed that so many people were so quick to judge without knowing the facts, based solely on the word of an embittered ex trying to bypass due process and have me 'canceled,' " he continued.

Roiland added: "That it may have succeeded, even partially, is shameful. However, now that the legal case has ended, I'm determined to move forward and focus both on my creative projects and restoring my good name."

Roiland was first arrested in August 2020 and released on a $50,000 bond before being arraigned in October 2020, NBC News previously reported. He had pleaded not guilty to one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury and one felony count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud and/or deceit.

After the initial arrest, Adult Swim — which airs Rick and Morty — announced Roiland would no longer be involved with the cartoon.

A statement shared on the series' official Twitter profile said at the time, "Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland." It noted that the show "will continue," adding: "The talented and dedicated crew are hard at work on Season 7."

Adult Swim's original prime time programming includes Dan Harmon's RICK AND MORTY (Mondays, 10:30 p.m.). Adult Swim will expand its hours, 8PM to 6AM, starting March 31. (PRNewsFoto/Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.) THIS CONTENT IS PROVIDED BY PRNewsfoto and is for EDITORIAL USE ONLY**

Dan Harmon co-created Rick and Morty with Roiland in 2013, and the show became immensely popular, with Roiland as the lead voice actor. Season 6 aired last year.

If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.

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