Dustin Diamond may have gotten released early from jail "unscathed," but only because he followed the rules during his time behind bars!
In his first interview since being released, the child actor opened up the incident that resulted in a four month prison sentence to Mario Lopez!
Earlier this year, the 39-year-old was found guilty of disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon when he got into a bar brawl in Wisconsin.
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In a sit down for Extra, Diamond explained to his former Saved by the Bell costar that he and fiancee Amanda Schutz were enjoying Christmas at the Grand Avenue Saloon in Port Washington when a group approached them asking for photos.
But an altercation arose after a girl "sucker punched" his fiancee, causing her face to be "covered in blood." After that, a man grabbed Schutz by the hair — to which Diamond responded by pulling out a pocket knife to defend themselves.
"I opened my pocket knife and said, 'Let my wife go immediately,' which worked."
Diamond denied allegations that he stabbed combatant Casey Smett, explaining he rather "nicked his arm on the tip of it" when he grabbed Diamond's throat from behind.
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"It was a Band-Aid, the most expensive Band-Aid I've ever bought."
As for his stint in prison — in which he was awarded an early release for working as a janitor — Diamond told Lopez the system is not what you see on TV, explaining:
"It's pretty daunting, it's pretty scary going into that environment. I found that as long as you follow the rules and stay with the system, it works. You can get in and out unscathed."
Way to keep your head down and do the time, Screech!
Watch Diamond's full interview on Extra this Wednesday and Thursday!
[Image via Extra.]
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