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

Posted at 11:03 AM, May 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-26 11:12:33-04

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.”