A jury has found actor Dustin Diamond, better known as "Screech"
in the 1990s sitcom "Saved by the Bell", not guilty of one felony
charge in a Christmas Day bar stabbing which occurred last year. But,
the jury found him guilty of two misdemeanor charges, carrying a concealed
weapon and disorderly conduct.
Diamond and his girlfriend were inside a bar when a group of intoxicated
people started behaving in a rude and insulting manner. He said he turned
to close his tab and when he looked back, his girlfriend was bleeding
and two men were holding her hair. Diamond said 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 Wisconsin court determined that Diamond did not recklessly endanger
safety, but, 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 man identified as the stabbing
victim told police he didn't see a knife or initially feel being cut.
Police said the wound was not life threatening.
Diamond appeared on "Saved by the Bell" as awkward nerd Samuel
"Screech" Powers from 1989 to 1993, and later appeared in various
spinoffs of the hit show.