Actor Danny Masterson, greatest recognized for his work on the sitcom That ’70s Present, has appeared in courtroom on rape charges that date back to the early 2000s.
The costs come on the finish of a three-year investigation and relate to 3 separate incidents with three completely different girls which allegedly occurred between 2001 and 2003.
The 44-year-old didn’t enter a plea as he stood in courtroom in a blue swimsuit and face masks, whereas the three girls sat within the gallery, in accordance with Sky News.
Masterson was arrested in June this yr and charged with three counts of rape. He was alleged to have raped a 23-year-old lady in 2001, a 28-year-old lady in April 2003 and a 23-year-old lady someday between October and December 2003.
The ladies stated in an announcement when Masterson was arrested that that they had suffered “harassment, embarrassment and re-victimisation” since they started co-operating with authorities however added they have been “grateful that the Los Angeles County District Legal professional’s workplace is lastly in search of legal justice.”
Tom Mesereau, Masterson’s lawyer, stated his shopper was “completely not responsible” and claimed he had been unfairly harassed by prosecutors because the district legal professional faces re-election. The actor has beforehand denied all the fees.
Mesereau, who additionally represented Invoice Cosby and Michael Jackson of their sexual misconduct instances, stated there had been “repeated makes an attempt to politicise” the case.
Nonetheless, deputy district legal professional Reinhold Mueller denied the claims and stated the defence’s remarks have been “pure hypothesis, with no foundation in reality.”
If convicted, Masterson may withstand 45 years in jail.
In 2017, the Church of Scientology was alleged to have covered up accusations against Masterson, who’s a practising Scientologist. Based on The Hollywood Reporter, 4 girls who filed a lawsuit towards Masterson and the Church in 2019 claimed that they have been “stalked and harassed” for doing so.
Masterson portrayed Stephen Hyde in That ’70s Present from 1998-2006. He additionally appeared within the Netflix collection The Ranch, however was fired from the show in 2017 when allegations of sexual assault got here to gentle.