Danny Masterson’s trial for rape is now underway. The case has already heated up during the opening statements. According to DeadlineRight from the beginning, Los Angeles County District Attorney Assistant D.A Reinhold Mueller declared the trial to be open. “three different sexual assault cases, in fact three different cases of forcible rape.”He also mentioned that Masterson was being assisted by the Church of Scientology to cover up the incidents. Phillip Cohen, one of Masterson’s defense attorneys, was able to take the floor at one stage to make an argument. But this is where things went awry.
When giving a “couple of highlights”Cohen said that the alleged victims ignored LAPD guidance and communicated with each other. According to the attorney, Masterson was being shaken down by the victims. “oodles and oodles of money”He earned his living from his work That 70s Show. Cohen spoke and the prosecution raised a variety of objections. Deadline reports that Cohen became more aggressive due to this. Finally, Judge Charlene Oledo called both the defense and prosecution to the bench and ordered them to calm down.
Masterson is most well-known for his role as high school slacker Steven Hyde The ’70s ShowFor the eight-season run of the Fox series. Ashton Kutcher, another star, joined him years later. The ’70s Show, re-teamed The RanchYou can find it on Netflix. Masterson was fired after multiple women reported him as a sexually assault victim in 2017. The actor spoke out after his firing and said, “I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of The Ranch. From Day 1, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me.
He continued, “These claims were examined by law enforcement over 15 years ago and found to be unfounded. I have never been charged or convicted for a crime. You are presumed innocent until proven guilty in this country. In today’s climate, you appear to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. I can understand the situation and look forward clearing my name once again.”
Masterson concluded, “In the meantime, let me express my gratitude for the cast and crew with whom I have worked closely over the last three seasons. I wish them all the best. I am also grateful to my fans who have supported me, and will continue to support me.” Masterson could be sentenced to a maximum of 45 years or life imprisonment if convicted of the charges against him.