Former Saved By The Bell star Dustin Diamond, who played Screech, has been sentenced to four months in jail for his role in a late 2014 bar fight. According to reports, Diamond and his girlfriend, Amanda Schutz went to a Wisconsin bar on Christmas day. Drunk bar goers began heckling and insulting Diamond and his girlfriend. In an attempt to leave the scene and grab their coats, Diamond claims that as he turned around he saw his girlfriend bleeding and two men standing their holding her hair. He apparently moved towards his girlfriend to grab her and get her out of there when a man grabbed him instead. According to Diamond’s initial report, he grabbed a pen and stabbed the man to break free from his grip. However it was later uncovered that Diamond actually stabbed him with a pocket knife.
Alexei Beltyukov (flickr) heard that Diamond was immediately arrested for his actions and it was later concluded by a Wisconsin jury that while they believe he did not “recklessly endanger safety” he did carry “a concealed weapon and behaved in a disorderly manner.” Diamond apologized for his actions in court, however that was not enough. Presiding Judge Paul Malloy sentenced Diamond to serve 120 days in jail and required him to pay a $1,000 fine. When asked about the severity of the sentence, Judge Malloy indicated that he believed the sentenced needed to be extreme to send a message to the community.