US actor Danny Masterson sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for raping two women
Who is Danny Masterson?
Danny Masterson is an American actor. He was famous for his role in the TV series “That ’70s Show.”
Danny Masterson has been sentenced to prison for raping two women. This happened during the early 2000s when “That ’70s Show” was on TV. He was convicted after three women testified that he had sexually assaulted them at his Hollywood home from 2001-03. The jury heard that he gave them drugs before assaulting them. He was found guilty of rape against two of the women, but the charges brought by the third accuser ended in a mistrial.
He has been sentenced to serve 30 years to life in prison, which is the maximum penalty allowed. His wife, Bijou Phillips, was in court and broke down in tears when the sentence was read.
The victims of his crimes were allowed to read impact statements in court. One woman said she wished she had reported him to the police earlier Another woman forgave Masterson and said his sickness was no longer hers to bear.
Leah Remini, a prominent former Scientologist and actress, attended the hearing. She comforted the women before and after they delivered their statements.
Prosecutors argued that Masterson used his status as a prominent Scientologist to avoid accountability. At the time of the attacks, Masterson and all three accusers were Scientologists. Some of the women said they didn’t come forward earlier because Scientology officials discouraged them from reporting the rape to the police.
Church of Scientology’s Denial
The Church of Scientology denied allegations that it helped cover up the assaults. They also denied harassing the accusers. The Church was angered when the trial allowed discussions about Scientology practices.
One woman said her mother, who is still a practicing Scientologist, shunned her for speaking out. Another woman described being terrorized and harassed by Scientology since she came forward but said she didn’t regret it.
Danny Masterson was first accused of rape in 2017 during the #MeToo movement. He denied the accusations, claiming the encounters were consensual. Charges were filed after a three-year investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department. Prosecutors did not file charges in two other cases due to insufficient evidence and the statute of limitations expiring.
Voices in Action
Jessica Barth, who founded Voices in Action after accusing Harvey Weinstein, attended the sentencing. Voices in Action encourages others to come forward and report abuse.
New Trial Motion
Masterson’s defense team’s motion for a new trial was denied by the judge before the hearing.