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'Saved by the Bell' Star Dustin Diamond Pleads Not Guilty in Stabbing Case

Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the early '90s sitcom "Saved by the Bell," pleaded not guilty to charges related to a bar fight.

MILWAUKEE — Actor Dustin Diamond, who played the nerdy Screech on the early '90s sitcom "Saved by the Bell," pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges related to the stabbing of a man during a Christmas bar fight, according to court records in Wisconsin. Diamond, 38, is charged with recklessly endangering safety, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct in the December 25 incident, Ozaukee County Circuit Court records showed. "Dustin continues to believe the legal process will exonerate him and he is undaunted by the work that lies ahead," his attorney Thomas Alberti said after the hearing.

Diamond's fiancée, Amanda Schultz, 27, also pleaded not guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct. The criminal complaint alleges that Schultz pushed a woman who was harassing her and Diamond on Christmas night at the Grand Avenue Saloon in Port Washington, Wisconsin, north of Milwaukee. In a fight that ensued, Diamond stabbed a man with a switchblade, causing a wound that was not life-threatening, according to the complaint and to the police. Diamond, who lives in Port Washington, played socially awkward but brainy student Samuel "Screech" Powers in "Saved by the Bell," which ran from 1989 to 1993.

Dustin Diamond attends his arraignment at Ozaukee County Courthouse in Port Washington, Wisconsin, on Thursday.Daniel Boczarski / Getty Images


- Reuters