‘Saved by the Bell’s’ Screech, Dustin Diamond, arrested

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OZAUKEE COUNTY, Wis. -- Dustin Diamond, an actor best known for the role of Screech on "Saved by the Bell," was arrested on Friday in a stabbing incident in Port Washington, Wisconsin.

According to WITI-TV, Diamond, 37, was taken into custody on suspicion of possession of a switchblade, first-degree recklessly endangering safety and carrying a concealed weapon.

According to a police statement released Friday afternoon, the stabbing took place late Thursday night during an argument in the Grand Ave Saloon.

Diamond said he and his girlfriend, 27-year-old Amanda Schutz, were inside the bar when a group of intoxicated people started behaving in a rude and insulting manner, leading him to believe “there was going to be a brawl,” the police report said.

He said he turned to close his account and get their coats, but when he looked back, his girlfriend was bleeding and two men were holding her hair, the report said.

Diamond said he moved toward his girlfriend when a man grabbed him, the report said. Diamond said he 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 report said.

“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 report stated.

Diamond and Schutz drove away from the bar and were stopped by police, who said they found a “stiletto folding knife with a 3.75-inch blade, which uses a thumb stud and assisted opening mechanism.” Police said the tip of the knife was moist.

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.

Court documents say the victim suffered a half-inch wound with “substantial bleeding” under the arm pit. That victim is recovering at home.

Other people in the bar said the fracas started when women started shoving each other, the police report said. One witness told police a woman was upset because people were taking pictures of her and her boyfriend.

Schutz was charged with disorderly conduct and released, police said.

Diamond's bail was set at $10,000.  He is claiming self-defense, and he’s reportedly seeking private counsel.

Diamond started acting as a child. He is best known for the character Samuel "Screech" Powers on "Saved by the Bell," which started in 1988.  He continued to play the roll for almost 13 years until the show was cancelled.

In 2006, Diamond directed and released his own sex tape, although he later told Oprah that he was not in the tape, but used a stunt double and regretted making it.

In September, Lifetime aired a movie about life on the set loosely based on a book written by Diamond.

The book garnered negative criticism for Diamond from castmates, who said it was inaccurate.

In 2013, Diamond distanced himself from the book, telling OWN that the book had been written by a ghostwriter and was a "disappointment" to him.

CNN contributed to this report. 

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