Dustin Diamond Placed on Gag Order Following Stabbing Hearing
Dustin Diamond has been released on bail and ordered to refrain from discussing details about his stabbing case with the media following his arrest in Wisconsin last week.
The former Saved by the Bell star spent the weekend behind bars after he was accused of using a switchblade to injure a fellow patron during an altercation at the Grand Avenue Saloon in Port Washington in the early hours of Friday.
According to the criminal complaint, Diamond told police the stabbing was an accident, which occurred as he stepped in to defend his girlfriend, Amanda Schutz, after she became involved in a fight with a woman and two other men.
He posted $10,000 bail on Monday morning, before appearing in Ozaukee County Circuit Court to face a felony second-degree charge of recklessly endangering safety and misdemeanours of disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon.
During the hearing, his attorney Thomas Alberti appealed for Diamond’s bail to be reduced, despite already posting the funds, and called for a jury trial for his client, who did not speak in court.
The judge did not make an immediate decision on the requests and instead set the next hearing for January 5.
Diamond was also banned from talking about his case to the press, hours after Alberti issued a statement to ABC News, revealing the actor was confident he would be cleared of any wrongdoing as he had been acting in self-defense.
Speaking outside court on Monday, Alberti insisted, “Dustin has complete faith in the justice system…”, and added, “(He) made the best of his time here (in jail). He got caught up on some books (sic).”
If found guilty, the felony charge could land Diamond up to 10 years in jail, according to ABC News.
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