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Danny Masterson has been charged with forcibly raping three girls folks in separate incidents that took space between 2001 and 2003.
Los Angeles County District Criminal skilled Jackie Lacey introduced the costs, three counts of rape by force or distress, on Wednesday. In step with files got by E! News, the That ’70s Expose wide title became arrested at 11: 30 a.m. and held in police custody on $3.3 million bail. E! News confirms he has since been released on bond.
The complaint in opposition to Masterson states that he allegedly raped a 23-One year-weak lady between January and December 2001. Then in April 2003, he allegedly raped a 28-One year-weak lady. The third incident allegedly took place one day between October and December of the same One year, when he allegedly raped a 23-One year-weak lady who he invited to his Hollywood Hills home.
If convicted, Masterson, 44, faces 45 years in order jail.
The District Criminal skilled’s Space of job also introduced Wednesday that it declined to file sexual assault prices in opposition to Masterson in two other cases due to the insufficient proof and the statute of boundaries.
In step with the costs, his attorney instructed E! News, “Mr. Masterson is harmless, and we’re assured that he’ll be exonerated when the total proof in the end involves mild and witnesses own the assorted to testify.”
“Clearly, Mr. Masterson and his wife [actress Bijou Phillips] are in complete shock brooding about that these nearly 20-One year weak allegations are with out be aware resulting in prices being filed, but they and their family are comforted difficult that in the end the reality will attain out. The individuals who know Mr. Masterson know his personality and know the allegations to be unfounded,” the assertion persisted.
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In 2019, four girls folks filed a lawsuit in opposition to Masterson, the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige, for allegedly accomplishing a conspiracy to cowl up the wide title’s alleged sexual misconduct and harassment.
The girls folks, two of whom were known by title and two who were thought of Jane Does in the case, claimed that the defendants named in the swimsuit “systemically stalked, burdened, invaded their and their family’s privateness, and deliberately prompted them emotional damage to silence and intimidate them.”
On the time, Masterson described the lawsuit as “ridiculous” and a spokesperson for the Church of Scientology called the swimsuit’s allegations “ludicrous and a sham.” The lawsuit is restful ongoing.
The actor has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct. In 2017, Masterson became fired from his feature on Netflix’s The Ranch as a outcomes of the allegations. On the time, authorities with the LAPD confirmed to E! News that were conducting an investigation after three girls folks “disclosed that they were sexually assaulted by Masterson all the highest diagram by the early 2000’s.”
The case remains below investigation by Los Angeles Police Department’s Theft-Homicide Division. Masterson will seemingly be arraigned in court on Sept. 18.