It may take more than a few words from Mr. Belding to help Dustin Diamond out of this one…
Multiple sources report that the former Saved by the Bell star has been arrested for possession of a switchblade, reckless endangerment and carrying a concealed weapon.
The charges stem from an incident that took place this morning in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin.
Authorities tell TMZ that Diamond allegedly stabbed a fellow bar patron with a switchblade after getting into an argument with the unnamed man late Christmas night.
The victim is at home recovering, while Diamond remains behind bars as of this writing; his bail has been set at $1,000 and his girlfriend has also been arrested for disorderly conduct.
The actor is scheduled to appear in court some time Friday afternoon.
Diamond, of course, rose to prominent as Samuel “Screech” Powers on NBC’s Saved By the Bell in the 1990s. He then dabbled in small roles before releasing a Dustin Diamond sex tape in 2006.
The washed out actor has also appeared on editions of Celebrity Fit Club and Celebrity Big Brother.
In 2009, he penned the tell all “Behind the Bell,” which made him a pariah among cast mates for revealing their supposed drug use, partying and sex scandals.
Lifetime later made a film based on this controversial book.