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Saved by the Bell actor jailed for four months for stabbing

Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show Saved By The Bell, has been sentenced to four months in jail
Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show Saved By The Bell, has been sentenced to four months in jail

Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show Saved By The Bell, has been sentenced to four months in jail for a stabbing in a Wisconsin bar.

Judge Paul Malloy also sentenced Diamond to 15 months' probation and ordered him to report to jail on Sunday.

Diamond was convicted earlier this month on two misdemeanour counts that stemmed from a Christmas Day fight.

Diamond, appearing misty-eyed, left the courtroom without commenting.

The 38-year-old actor was cleared of a felony charge last month after a three-day jury trial. The jury found him guilty of carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.

The actor told jurors that he took out a knife that day to try to ward off people, including a woman who punched his girlfriend. He said he then accidentally stabbed a man during an altercation.

Witnesses said that Diamond's girlfriend, Amanda Schutz, pushed one woman at the bar and grabbed another woman's hand, initiating the bar fight. Schutz was also convicted of disorderly conduct last month and faces a maximum of 90 days in prison.

Ozaukee County District Attorney Adam Gerol said during the trial that Diamond lied about what happened and that the actor had scripted his evidence.

Mr Gerol showed body-camera footage of Diamond's evidence to a Port Washington police officer on the night of the fight. In the video, Diamond first said he might have struck the man with a pen. In a video of evidence later that night, Diamond said he had a knife at the bar, but had not used it to stab anyone.

Port Washington is 25 miles north of Milwaukee.

Since his role on the popular 1990s TV show about Bayside High School students, Diamond has been sued several times for delinquent taxes and in foreclosure proceedings for missing mortgage payments. He has appeared on reality TV shows, made a sex tape and most recently produced a tell-all documentary on Lifetime TV called The Unauthorised Saved By The Bell Story.

Judge Malloy said the sentence "has to send a message to the community that we're just not going to live like this".

"I sincerely apologise to everyone involved," Diamond said at the hearing.

"This was the single most terrifying experience of my life ... This is all I've been able to think about for the last six months."