'Screech' Charged in Wisconsin Bar Stabbing

Bail set at $10K for 'Saved by the Bell' star Dustin Diamond, who claims self-defense
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2014 3:36 PM CST
'Screech' Charged in Wisconsin Bar Stabbing
This Dec. 26, 2014, booking photo provided by the Ozaukee County Sheriff shows Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on "Saved by the Bell." Diamond has been charged with stabbing a man in Wisconsin.   (AP Photo/Ozaukee County Sheriff)

The misadventures of Screech don't take a break during the holidays. Dustin Diamond, known for playing the geeky character on "Saved by the Bell," was arrested early this morning after a man was stabbed in a Wisconsin bar with a switchblade, the AP reports. Diamond was charged with felony reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, and carrying a concealed weapon, though he insists the stabbing happened accidentally as he was defending his girlfriend, who was supposedly being harassed by two men (and whose own disorderly conduct charges may be forthcoming). The Port Washington Police Department says that officers responded to an 11:15pm call about a stabbing at the Grand Avenue Saloon, but by the time they got there, the suspect and his female companion had left the scene, fox6now.com reports.

Police tracked down the white SUV said to have fled the bar and took Diamond and his 27-year-old girlfriend into custody, as well as the alleged stabbing weapon, which they say was in the vehicle. The male victim, described by court documents as suffering a half-inch wound with "substantial bleeding" under his armpit, is said to not be severely injured and is now recovering at home. Meanwhile, TMZ is showing what appears to be a video of Diamond at the bar right before the stabbing, in which "you can clearly hear people freaking out about the knife." Diamond's bail was set at $10,000 this afternoon in Ozaukee County court. (We wish we could at least recommend Diamond's sex tape—but no.)

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