Actor and comedian Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on Saved By the Bell, is out on bail after having spent the past three days in jail for allegedly stabbing a man on Christmas Day, early in the morning. Diamond admitted to stabbing the man during an altercation at the Grand Avenue Saloon in Port Washington, north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, early on Christmas morning. He and his girlfriend then left the bar, and both of them were arrested shortly afterward.
On Monday, in Ozaukee County Circuit Court in Wisconsin, Dustin Diamond, 37, posted the $10,000 bail. Diamond was charged with disorderly conduct, recklessly endangering safety, and possessing a concealed weapon in the form of a switchblade. Diamond’s fiancée, Amanda Schutz, was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
The defense attorney for Dustin Diamond, Thomas Alberti, asked for the bail to be reduced and stated that his client would like to have a jury trial. Diamond, himself, did not address the judge.
Alberti said outside of the courtroom that Diamond “caught up on some books,” while he was in jail, but that he did not like it that “he missed the Packers game.”
According to an article in USA Today, Dustin Diamond admitted to the police that he had “accidentally stabbed one of the men,” but he did it because he was “trying to defend his fiancee.” The man Diamond stabbed was not seriously hurt in the incident. The police recovered a stiletto-like folding knife that still had blood on its tip.
Dustin Diamond, who played Samuel “Screech,” Powers on Saved By the Bell and its sequels for almost 13 years, is a resident of Port Washington, Wisconsin. January 5, 2015, is the date of his next scheduled hearing. If Diamond is convicted of the charge of recklessly endangering safety, it is a second-degree felony, and he could face up to 10 years in prison for that offense.
The argument at the Grand Avenue Saloon that led up to the stabbing reportedly began when Dustin Diamond and his girlfriend accused two men and a woman in the bar of taking photos of them and being “rude and insulting.” According to the bar owner, the two women got into a physical confrontation. Diamond and his girlfriend had been bar-hopping previous to the incident, according to documents.
Diamond’s girlfriend, Schutz, got bloodied-up in the fight between the two women, and then the documents that ABC News obtained state “chaos broke out.” People were reportedly surrounding Dustin Diamond and grabbing at him, and sometime during this altercation, the alleged stabbing occurred.
According to a report in the the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, it was not until after the fight that one of the men involved noticed he had been stabbed in his right armpit, and that there was a half-inch puncture there. The police noticed a lot of blood on the scene when they arrived, though the injured man was not seriously hurt in the incident.
Dustin Diamond and his fiancee had left the bar by the time the police had arrived, but they caught up to the SUV the couple were in shortly afterward. According to the BBC News, that is when the police found the knife Diamond had allegedly used in the stabbing.
Dustin Diamond gave conflicting answers to the police when he was initially questioned. At first, he said he had stabbed a man at the bar, but that it was accidental. Then, he told the police he was not sure if he had used a knife or a pen to stab the man. Dustin reportedly told the police that he carried the switchblade around for self-defense, and he was just attempting to protect his girlfriend during the fight that broke out.
The Saved By the Bell star, Dustin Diamond, is now free on bail after he allegedly stabbed a man on Christmas Day. He posted the $10,000 bail on Monday in Ozaukee County Circuit Court in Wisconsin. Diamond’s next scheduled hearing is not very far off, on January 5, 2015.
Written By Douglas Cobb