Cops: 'Screech' takes a stab at another kind of role: felon
Hey, Screech. This time you'll have to be saved by the bail. Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," was charged yesterday with stabbing a man during a bar fight on Christmas.
HEY, SCREECH. This time you'll have to be saved by the bail.
Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," was charged yesterday with stabbing a man during a bar fight on Christmas.
Diamond, 37, faces charges of felony second-degree recklessly endangering safety charge, disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon.
According to the criminal complaint, Diamond told police that he and his fiancee went out to several bars Christmas night night in Port Washington, about 30 miles north of Milwaukee. The couple, who lives in Port Washington, got into a tussle with two men and another woman at the Grand Avenue Saloon, the complaint said.
TMZ obtained video from the bar in which an onlooker exclaims, "He's got a . . . knife." Police told the website that the wounds were not life-threatening.
Port Washington police say they responded at 11:15 p.m. Thursday to a report of a stabbing at a bar. When police caught up with their SUV down the road from the bar, Diamond told police he had a "pen" in his hand when he grabbed one of the men, according to the complaint.
Port Washington police found in the car a switchblade, the point of which was covered in what appeared to be blood. Diamond later told police he accidentally stabbed the man while trying to defend his fiancee, according to the complaint.
The man had been stabbed under the armpit and police said he was not seriously injured.
Diamond appeared yesterday afternoon in Ozaukee County court, where bail was set at $10,000. His next hearing is scheduled for Dec. 29. His fiancee, Amanda Schutz, 27, also faces a disorderly conduct charge.
His agent declined comment yesterday, and no lawyer was listed in court records.
Since his decadelong run at Bayside High, Diamond has been sued several times for delinquent taxes and in foreclosure proceedings for missing mortgage payments. He has appeared on reality TV shows, made a sex tape and most recently produced a tell-all documentary on Lifetime TV called "The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story."