Former “Saved by the Bell” cast member Dustin Diamond, better known as “Screech”, was arrested in a stabbing incident at a bar in Wisconsin.
37-year-old Diamond was charged with three misdemeanors: second-degree recklessly endangering safety, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct, use of a dangerous weapon.
Diamond is claiming self-defense.
According to an arrest report released Friday afternoon, the stabbing took place late on Christmas during an argument in the Grand Avenue Saloon. Fox 6 News has the details:
Diamond said he and his girlfriend, 27-year-old Amanda Schutz were inside the bar when a group of intoxicated people started behaving in a rude and insulting manner, leading him to believe “there was going to be a brawl,” the report said.
He said he turned to close his account and get their coats, but when he looked back, his girlfriend was bleeding and two men were holding her hair, the report said.
Diamond said he moved toward his girlfriend when a man grabbed him, the report said. Diamond said he he might have stabbed the man with a pen used to sign a credit card receipt, but later conceded he was armed with the knife, the report said.
“Diamond stated that he did not intentionally stab the individual in the bar but that chaos broke out and people were grabbing at him and that he swung his arms to break free,” the report stated.
Diamond and Schutz drove away from the bar and were stopped by police, who said they found a “stiletto folding knife with a 3.75-inch blade, which uses a thumb stud and assisted opening mechanism.” Police said the tip of the knife was moist.
The wound was not life threatening and court documents say the stabbing victim suffered a half-inch wound with “substantial bleeding” under the arm pit. .
People in the bar told Fox 6 News that the incident began when women started shoving each other – with one witness telling the cops that a woman was upset because people were taking pictures of her and her boyfriend.
TMZ has video from inside the bar, where you can see Diamond and hear someone on the video say “he has a knife”:
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