'That 70s Show’ Actor Danny Masterson Has Been Charged With The Rapes Of Three Women
That '70s Show’s Danny Masterson has been charged with the rapes of three women. The alleged rapes took place in the early 2000s, LA prosecutors said this week according to the ABC. The victims were all in their twenties at the time.
The three counts of 'rape by force or fear' come after a three-year investigation into the alleged attacks.
Jail records show the charges were filed on Tuesday and that the 44-year-old was arrested the following morning. He was released a few hours later after posting the $4.8AUD million bail.
Masterson was charged with raping a 23-year-old woman in 2001, a 28-year-old woman in early 2003 and a 23-year-old woman in late 2003. These dates suggest the alleged attacks would've occured during the peak of his stardom on That '70s Show, which aired from 1998–2006.
Two other cases police were investigating were dropped – one because of insufficient evidence, the other because the statute of limitations (an American law that sets the max time the parties involved have to initiate legal proceedings from the date of the alleged offence) had expired, reports The Guardian.
Masteron’s attorney Tom Mesereau said the actor was “innocent”. “We’re confident that he will be exonerated when all the evidence finally comes to light and witnesses have the opportunity to testify."
“Obviously, Mr Masterson and his wife are in complete shock considering that these nearly 20-year old allegations are suddenly resulting in charges being filed, but they and their family are comforted knowing that ultimately the truth will come out,“ Mesereau said in a statement. “The people who know Mr Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false.”
Masterson played Steven Hyde on the FOX sitcom that also starred Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and Topher Grace. He worked with Kutcher again more recently on the Netflix show, The Ranch.
If you have experienced sexual violence and are in need of crisis support, please call Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia (1800 RESPECT) or Lifeline Australia (13 11 14).
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