Danny Masterson, who used to have a starring role on the popular 2000s sitcom That 70’s Show, has been convicted of rape and sentenced to 30 years in prison as a result.
The 47-year-old Masterson was convicted on two charges of forcible rape this past May, which stemmed from allegations that he raped three women at his Hollywood Hills home between the years 2001 and 2003, which was when That 70’s Show was at the height of its popularity.
That 70’s Show ran from ran on Fox from 1998 until 2006 and also starred Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Topher Grace. A sequel series, That 90’s Show, premiered on Netflix in 2022.
Masterson, who maintains his innocence and was facing the possibility of life in jail, reportedly did not speak at his sentencing hearing.
“Mr. Masterson, you are not the victim here. Your actions 20 years ago took away another person’s voice and choice. Your actions 20 years ago were criminal, and that is why you are here,” Judge Charlaine Olmedo said during the sentencing hearing in Los Angeles on Thursday.
The prosecution, the Los Angeles deputy district attorney’s office, said that Masterson is a “violent, serial rapist” who committed his alleged crimes after “drugging” his victims.
In addition to his starring role in That 70’s Show, Masterson is also known for playing Milo Foster in Men at Work from 2012 to 2014 and Jameson “Rooster” Bennett in The Ranch from 2016 to 2018.
One of Masterson’s accusers, who remains unidentified, said that while she forgives him, she hopes he knows that his “emptiness and cowardice” will be his “true legacy.”
“I don’t have to carry around your shame around with me. Now, you have to carry it. You have to sit in a cell and carry it. Your emptiness and your cowardice will be your true legacy. You are pathetic, disturbed, and extremely violent. The world is safer with you behind bars,” Jane Doe #2 said during the sentencing hearing.
Masterson married actress and model Bijou Phillips in 2011. The pair share one daughter together, who was born in 2014.