Dustin Diamond, Screech from ‘Saved by the Bell,’ behind bars again

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OZAUKEE COUNTY, Wis. — Dustin Diamond, the actor who played Screech in “Saved by the Bell,” has been arrested again. He was booked into the Ozaukee County Jail on Wednesday, May 25th — accused of violating his probation.

Dustin Diamond

Dustin Diamond

Diamond was released from the Ozaukee County Jail on April 11th — after serving three months in jail for stabbing a man during a Christmas Day 2014 altercation at a bar in Wisconsin.

While an inmate at the Ozaukee County Jail, Diamond agreed to participate in the “Jail Porter Program.” He was selected to serve as a general custodial maintenance porter and received one day of “good time” for every 24 hours worked, according to WITI.

He was able to earn 30 days of good time, and thus, he was released a month early — serving just under three months behind bars for carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.

This month, Diamond spoke about his time behind bars with his former co-star, Mario Lopez on “Extra.”

Diamond said he and fiancée Amanda Schutz were out celebrating when a group of people started asking for photos.

“One of the girl’s friends [Amanda] was talking to sucker-punched my fiancée,” he said. “She leaned back to me and her face was covered in blood.”

After one of the men in the group grabbed Schutz’s hair, Diamond said, “I opened my pocket knife and said, ‘Let my wife go immediately,’ which worked.”

Dustin Diamond and Amanda Schutz

Dustin Diamond and Amanda Schutz

Diamond denied that he actually stabbed anyone,saying that the victim “nicked his arm on the tip of” Diamond’s pocket knife.

Dustin Diamond takes the stand in his own defense

Dustin Diamond takes the stand in his own defense

The actor served three months and said of his experience in jail: “It’s pretty daunting. It’s pretty scary going into that environment. I found that as long as you follow the rules and stay with the system, it works. You can get in and out unscathed.”

After his initial release from jail, Diamond said he wanted to focus on getting his acting career back on track and starting a family with Schutz.

“I want to put the tomfoolery and malarkey behind me…for that clean slate,” he told Lopez. “Time for a change.”

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2 comments

  • Sam

    Why should anyone care? I can see why this would be noteworthy if he violated his probation and was not sent back to jail, as that would be of some mild community interest, but the only interest this could possibly have for west Michigan is for those of us who are interested in hearing that the penal system in Wisconsin is functioning as designed. In other words, nobody.

    What, you think that just because he was on a popular kids show 25 years ago that we care about what happens to this clod? Think again.

    • Andrew

      Come on, you don’t actually expect Fox17 to report on the recent failure of downtown GR development projects to attract the necessary retail/office tenants to move forward do you? You don’t expect them to report on the increase in downtown GR violence over the past two weeks, do you? You don’t expect them to report that the lake will still be too cold for people to go swimming this holiday weekend, do you? You don’t expect them to publish that the GRPS is still performing abyssmally and still millions of dollars in the hole. Or that the crumbling infrastructure is still going unaddressed. These things might scare away the uninformed tourists, and potential investors in the area, we can’t publicize that stuff! Never mind that there are fantastic things going on with small businesses in Muskegon. Never mind that the Grandville corridor is expanding both east and west. Never mind that Roz Bliss is turning out to be exactly the carbon copy of George Heartwell that everyone feared she would be. Never mind the amazing non-Van Andel/Meijer Gardens related arts events that have happened in the area over the last month. If Fox can’t find something positive to say about the “connected” projects in the city of GR then they will ignore GR news completely and publish negative news from the surrounding areas and fill the rest of the space with fluff and nonsense from all around the country instead.

      It is no wonder that the FCC is starting to receive complaints. It is no wonder that the FTC has been receiving complaints. The direction this website has chosen to take has carried it outside the bounds of being socially useful as a local news source. I liken it to MTV, which began as an outstanding music video channel, but which now has almost nothing to do with music at all. The label no longer matches the product. What little local news does get reported on is factually unverified, frequently incorrect and/or incomplete, rife with spelling and grammatical errors, accompanied by unnecessary videos, presented in gratuitous slideshow formats, and in general is poorly written. There is really very little in the way of quality local news reporting going on here anymore.

      But that is ok, because now I know that Screech is headed back to jail and that makes my whole world so much more fulfilling.
      Not.