What would Mr. Belding say? Dustin Diamond, best known for playing Screech on the TV series "Saved by the Bell," was arrested late on Christmas Day at a Wisconsin bar after allegedly stabbing another patron with a switchblade following an argument. The victim was treated for a non-life-threatening stab wound and is resting at home. Diamond, meanwhile, is said to be claiming self-defense, insisting that he and his girlfriend were attacked. Diamond fled the premises following the incident but was found nearby in his car with his girlfriend, who was charged with disorderly conduct.
According to the Ozaukee County Sherriff's Department, Diamond was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a switchblade and first-degree recklessly endangering safety. He appeared in court Friday, at which point his bail was set at $10,000. TMZ first reported the arrest and obtained video of Diamond prior to police intervention. In the video, a bar patron can be heard exclaiming about the knife.
Diamond has had a rough go of it in the entertainment industry after appearing in "Saved by the Bell" starting in 1989, plus its follow-up series "Saved by the Bell: the College Years" and "Saved by the Bell: the New Class." He has appeared on "Hollywood Squares," "Celebrity Fit Club" and "Celebrity Big Brother," took part in a "Celebrity Boxing" match against late "Welcome Back Kotter" star Ron Palillo and tried to save his Wisconsin home from foreclosure in 2006 by selling T-shirts. In 2010, he released a tell-all autobiography, "Behind the Bell," about his time on "Saved by the Bell," and in 2006 he even released his own sex tape that he later claimed was faked.
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At least the recent Lifetime movie about "Saved by the Bell" made him look good.
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