Dustin Diamond, the 37-year-old former child actor who portrayed the dweebie character “Screech” on TV’s hit 1990s Saturday morning sitcom “Saved by the Bell” posted $10,000 bail on Jan. 29 after spending the weekend in jail for allegedly stabbing a man with a switchblade in a Port Washington, Wisconsin, bar on Christmas. Following his arrest in the early morning hours of Dec. 26, Diamond was charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon, according to Fox News.
Diamond appeared in Ozaukee County Circuit Court for a status hearing on Monday and did not address the court. Diamond’s lawyer did request reduced bail for his client as well as a jury trial.
The criminal complaint lodged against Diamond states that late in the evening on Christmas Day while at the Grand Avenue Saloon in Port Washington, Diamond and his 27-year-old fiancé’, Amanda Schutz, became involved in an altercation with three other bar patrons, two men and one woman. According to court documents, Diamond said that while trying to defend his fiancé, he accidentally stabbed one of the men.
Diamond is a resident of Port Washington. The stabbing victim was not seriously injured during the altercation and is “now recovering at home after being treated for non-life threatening wounds,” according to Yahoo! News.
Reportedly, the Christmas Night bar squabble started when the two men and one woman at the bar wouldn’t stop taking pictures of Diamond. The criminal complaint lodged against Diamond stated that Diamond “stabbed a man under his right armpit with a 3.75-inch stiletto folding knife,” according to The Daily News. Diamond and his fiancé fled the scene following the altercation but were quickly arrested while driving away. When the cops caught up with Diamond, he tried to tell the arresting officers that he had used a pen to stab the bar patron – a pen he had used earlier to pay his bar tab.
“I moved his arm up and around and I had the knife in my hand — or the, ah, pen — in my hand,” he told police, according to the complaint.
“Officer Nye observed that twice during his conversation with Diamond, as Diamond was talking about having a pen in his hand, he referred to it as a knife, and then corrected himself, saying it was a pen,” the complaint noted.
Surveillance video from the scene of the incident does show Diamond wielding a blade. The surveillance video also captured a female bystander at the bar yelling, “There’s a f—ing knife!”
When police stopped Diamond driving away from the bar, they did recover a switchblade from his vehicle which the arresting officers described as having “moisture, possibly blood, on it.” Diamond is scheduled to appear in court next on Jan. 5.