While you were surely engaged in some quality family time over the holidays, Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond (aka Screech) was getting into bar fights and—allegedly—stabbing people in Wisconsin. The 37-year-old was hauled in by police in a suburb of Milwaukee and charged with felony reckless endangerment for the Christmas Day dustup, and on Monday a local judge ruled Diamond would have to stand trial.
Here’s a developing outline of what happened from the Associated Press:
Diamond’s fiancee, Amanda Schutz, told police she shoved a woman who was making rude remarks and antagonizing her and Diamond at The Grand Avenue Saloon, according to a criminal complaint. The women then got into a physical altercation, and two men held Schutz by her hair, Diamond told investigators. During Monday’s hearing, Port Washington police officer Ryan Hurda testified that a man confronted and shoved Diamond as the actor moved toward the fight. The man’s brother “intervened when he heard the snap of a knife,” Hurda said. The officer said the brother never saw Diamond stab anyone, and that there was nothing in the bar’s video surveillance that shows Diamond stabbing the man.
“[Diamond’s] defense attorney noted that none of witnesses reported seeing Diamond stab the man, who wasn’t seriously hurt, but an Ozaukee County judge ruled there was enough evidence for the case to go to trial,” according to the AP. It’s an interesting legal strategy from the actor’s lawyer, particularly because Diamond reportedly told police he stabbed the guy.