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1319, 30 Dec 14

Dustin Diamond, a.k.a. “Screech,” Makes Bail

I feel like I have to comment on this because it happened a few miles from me, but I don’t want to.

Former Saved by the Bell actor Dustin Diamond has appeared in court in Wisconsin, accused of stabbing a man during a bar brawl on Christmas Day.

The 37-year-old, who played Screech in the 1990s television show, was released from prison after posting $10,000 (£6,400) bail.

He is charged with possession of a switchblade, reckless endangerment and carrying a concealed weapon.

The actor said he was defending his 27-year-old fiancee Amanda Schutz.

This is really a pretty sad, if all too common, story. Diamond was a teen actor whose acting career stagnated after one big gig. He lives in Wisconsin and has been desperately trying to find a way to make a living. At one point he was offering to sell porn videos of himself or something, but I’m not googling “Screech porn” to verify my memory. All told, he seems like an ex C-list actor who is kind of a low-life trying to figure out what to do with his life. It is somewhat indicative of our modern media in that the story of his bar fight made international headlines, but it did.


1319, 30 December 2014


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Maybe if one would choose going to church, rather than a bar, on Christmas, things might turn out much different.

  2. Boyd McBoyd

    Dustin Diamond is Jewish, so I doubt he’d be at church on Christmas.

  3. Kevin Scheunemann

    That is even more reason he should attend church on Christmas.

  4. Boyd McBoyd

    Wow. Just wow.

  5. Kevin Scheunemann


    Under Jewish covenants in Old testament, especially the “eye for an eye”, does somewhat explain the bar fight situation here.

    Under New Testament covenants, some forgiveness may have gone a long way here. Maybe letting the Holy Spirit dwell in one’s heart and passing on the Christmas Day bar trip might have been a much better decision altogether.

    Dustin should not be unfamiliar with ‘Jesus, he did attend a Lutheran school as a child.


  6. Mark Maley

    Mr Diamond may have been practicing a time honored Christmas tradition by taking a Christmas gift out for a spin

    The switch blade he was given earlier that day might also have been an Old Testament way of settling disputes .

    Or he’s just a dude who’s allergic to alcohol . When he drinks, he breaks out in handcuffs

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