Dustin Diamond, former ‘Saved by the Bell’ star (portraying ‘Screech’) was arrested in Wisconsin and charged for allegedly stabbing a man in a bar with a switchblade on Christmas day. The mugshot has gone viral, as it reveals the actor with just the slightest hint of a smile.
The arrest of the 37-year-old actor known particularly for his portrayal of ‘Screech’ on the 1990s series ‘Saved by the Bell’ has gone international and such is often the case with a celebrity arrest. Thus the search for the Dustin Diamond booking photo, above, which comes via the Ozaukee County Sheriff.
As for the details of this particular arrest, according to TMZ not only reported on the incident in the bar — via police sources and court documents — but also obtained video (below) of the moments which led up to the stabbing.
According to TMZ, quoting Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office, Diamond was arrested early on Friday morning, the day after Christmas Day. He is alleged to have gotten into an argument — over pictures being taken of Diamond, according to the owner of the bar — and the verbal altercation allegedly escalated to physical assault, culminating in the alleged stabbing with a switchblade. Thereafter, Diamond allegedly fled the bar.
TMZ quotes court documents indicating the victim was heavily bleeding from a half-inch wound under his armpit and that he did not realize he had been injured until moments afterwards.
After a search, police found Dustin Diamond and his fiancee, 27-year-old Amanda Schutz, in his vehicle and also found the knife. Diamond has been charged with felonies including possession of a switchblade, reckless endangerment and carrying a concealed weapon. Schutz was also arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct.
TMZ reports that Diamond claims self-defense, and further claims that he and Schutz were attacked by the man. After a court appearance later that morning, Diamond’s bail was set at $10,000.
The story is developing, but for now, as noted, news of Dustin Diamond’s arrest and the mugshot have gone viral, bringing the actor once again into the news. He has previously blazed headlines, not least for releasing his own sex tape in 2006.
The aforementioned video of the scene in the bar is below.