Dustin Diamond, Screech from ‘Saved by the Bell,’ behind bars again
OZAUKEE COUNTY, Wis. – Actor Dustin Diamond, best known for playing the role of Screech on the 1990s high school comedy “Saved by the Bell,” has been arrested again in Ozaukee, Wisconsin on a probation hold, according to the Ozaukee County Jail.
Diamond was sentenced to four months in jail for stabbing a man during a Christmas Day 2014 altercation at a bar in Wisconsin. He served three months of the sentence.
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.
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.
A probation hold occurs when the offender’s probation agent believes he or she has not complied with the terms of their probation. People on probation hold are generally held in county facilities while the agent completes a violation investigation.
If the incident that led to the violation investigation is serious enough, the offender — in this case Diamond — could have their parole revoked.
No new charges have been filed against Diamond, and no other information is available at this time, according to the jail.
KFOR’s sister station WITI reached out to Diamond’s attorney, who said as a condition of his parole, he must get permission to travel. Diamond recently took part in an interview with his former co-star, Mario Lopez on “Extra,” where he discussed his time behind bars.
Knife drawn in bar
Diamond was arrested following an altercation as he and fiancée Amanda Schutz were out celebrating. A group of people started asking for photos when someone “sucker-punched” Schutz, he told his former co-star, Mario Lopez, in an interview for “Extra.”
“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 told the host, “I opened my pocket knife and said, ‘Let my wife go immediately,’ which worked.”
Diamond denied that he actually stabbed anyone, saying that the victim “nicked his arm on the tip of” Diamond’s pocket knife.
The actor served three months of his sentence and said of his experience in jail, “It’s pretty daunting, it’s pretty scary going into that environment.”
During the interview, Diamond said he wants 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.”