Actor Danny Masterson, who was made famous for his role in “That ’70s Show”, has been officially charged with forcibly raping three women in separate incidents in his Hollywood Hills home and is facing 45 years in prison if convicted.
Masterson, 44, was charged with three counts of rape, and faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted. He was arrested by the LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division on Wednesday morning, and was released in the afternoon on $3.3 million bail.
The former “That ’70s Show” actor is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman sometime between January and December of 2001. He allegedly raped a 28-year-old woman in April 2003. And the charges allege that raped another 23-year-old woman at his Hollywood Hills home between October and December of 2003.
Masterson’s lawyer immediately released a statement and has denied all charges against his client.
“Mr. Masterson is innocent, and we’re confident that he will be exonerated when all the evidence finally comes to light and witnesses have the opportunity to testify,” Mesereau said. “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. The people who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false.”
Masterson has been under investigation by the LAPD for nearly three years and was recently dropped by the Netflix series “The Ranch” in December 2017 around the same time the Harvey Weinstein accusations began to pop up.
Masterson is currently out on bail after posting a $3.3 million bond.
Arrested at 11:30 a.m., booked at 12:15 p.m. and released just a little while ago after posting bond on $3.3M bail, wow. He won't be arraigned until September, due to the COVID-19 court shutdowns.
— Josh Cain (@joshpcain) June 17, 2020
3. The evidence I'm aware of in this case is extensive and damning.
It took the LAPD and DA a while to get this done because there were so many layers of evidence and Scientology didn't make it easy.
The women who have accused Danny have been through absolute hell.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) June 17, 2020