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  • Three rape fees have been introduced in opposition to Danny Masterson.
  • The actor’s connections to the Church of Scientology are anticipated to be introduced up within the trial.
  • Danny Masterson was fired from ‘The Ranch’ on Netflix as soon as the allegations had been dropped at mild.
  • Danny Masterson’s trial started on Tuesday, October 11. He faces as much as 45 years in jail.

Danny Masteron’s trial for 3 rape fees started on Tuesday, October 11. The actor, 46, was accused by three ladies of sexual assault again in 2017, and the ladies filed a lawsuit in opposition to him in 2019. The next yr, Danny was arrested on three fees of rape from instances in 2003. Danny has moved for the case to be thrown out, however he has not succeeded. A trial was initially scheduled to start in Los Angeles in August, but it surely was delayed till October.

Now that the trial has begun, Danny’s connection in addition to three of his victims’ connections to Scientology has been shoved to the forefront of the trial. Nevertheless, this angered Decide Charlaine Olmedo, who doesn’t need Scientology to be on the heart of debate. Throughout a break on Oct. 18, she said (by way of Selection), “I perceive these witnesses’ lives might have been utterly inundated with Scientology. This trial isn’t going to be inundated with Scientology.”

Because the trial continues, discover out the whole lot it is advisable learn about Danny and the costs in opposition to him.

Danny stands in courtroom in September 2020. ( LUCY NICHOLSON/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

The Newest On The Trial

The felony trial in opposition to the actor started on October 11. The trial is separate from the civil lawsuit filed by 4 of Danny’s victims, who’re additionally suing the Church of Scientology. The ladies have additionally spoken out in opposition to the church. Whereas the trial continues to be within the early levels, Decide Charlaine Olmedo commented on the position of the controversial church in a pre-trial listening to, per Selection“This isn’t going to grow to be a trial on Scientology,” she had stated.

The Expenses In opposition to Danny Masterson

Sexual assault allegations had been first introduced in opposition to Danny in March 2017 Three ladies accused the actor of sexually assaulting them, though the That 70s Present star has denied the claims. After the claims got here out, The Mars Volta frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala got here ahead and stated that his spouse Chrissie Carnell Bixler was one of many victims in a since-deleted tweet. Danny was fired from the Netflix sequence The Ranch in December 2017. Shortly after his firing, Bobette Riales got here ahead to accuse him of raping her. Two years after the investigation was launched, 4 ladies, two of whom had been listed as Jane Does, in addition to Chrissie and Bobette, filed a lawsuit in opposition to Danny and the Church of Scientology, citing stalking and harassment.

Following the 2019 submitting, Danny singled out one of many victims and stated he was ready for the authorized battle from the lawsuit. “I’ll beat her in courtroom — and look ahead to it as a result of the general public will lastly have the option study the reality and see how I’ve been railroaded by this girl. And as soon as her lawsuit is thrown out, I intend to sue her and the others who jumped on the bandwagon for the harm they prompted me and my household,” he stated in an announcement to Folks

The lawsuit isn’t the topic of the October trial although. In June 2020, Danny was arrested and charged with allegedly raping three ladies for incidents between 2001 and 2003. The alleged victims had been a 23-year-old girl in January and December 2001, one other 23-year-old in October and December 2003, and a 28-year-old in April 2003. The Males At Work star’s legal professional Tom Mesereau maintained his innocence in an announcement on the time. “Clearly, Mr. Masterson and his spouse are in full shock contemplating that these almost 20-year previous allegations are all of a sudden leading to fees being filed, however they and their household are comforted understanding that in the end the reality will come out. The individuals who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false,” he stated.  After pleading “not responsible” in 2021, Danny was launched on bail. 

Danny was fired from ‘The Ranch’ for the allegations. (Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)

The Scientology Connection

As talked about above, the ladies suing Danny have additionally filed their lawsuit in opposition to the Church of Scientology. Danny is a member of the church, and three of the ladies who’ve accused him are former members, together with Chrissie and her husband. The ladies claimed that they had been pressured to not share their allegations by the church, and since coming ahead, the victims have claimed to be harassed by the church. The Mars Volta singer has claimed that Scientologists harassed his household and even poisoned their household canine, after the allegations got here out. In since-deleted social media posts, Cedric claimed that folks have passed by his home, harassed his household on social media, slashed tires and extra, by way of MetalSucks. 

Throughout a pre-trial listening to, the ladies spoke about worrying to come back ahead with their allegations, resulting from his involvement within the church. The church denied pressuring the ladies in an announcement to The New York Instancesfollowing Danny’s firing from The Ranch. “What’s being said is completely unfaithful,” the group stated. “This has nothing to do with faith. This story is being manipulated to push a bigoted agenda.”

The extremely questioned, but nonetheless mystic faith was introduced up throughout the opening assertion by lead prosecutor Reinhold Mueller, as reported by Selection. “They’ll declare you a suppressive particular person,” Reinhold stated, purposely portray the church in an disagreeable mild. “You’re basically an enemy of the church. Your folks, your mother and father — when you have youngsters who’re a part of the church — all of them need to detach from you. Primarily you lose the whole lot.”

Jane Doe No. 1, the primary witness to take the stand, additionally introduced up the supposed restrictive teachings of the faith. “The objective of Scientology is to clear the planet,” she claimed in entrance of the Los Angeles courtroom.

In the meantime, protection legal professional Phillip Cohen tried to persuade the jury to not get distracted by the tales about Scientology they’ll hear. “This case is about three ladies who’re going to inform you about three nights nearly 20 years in the past,” he said, per Deadline. “This different stuff is actually the elephant within the room.” He additionally confirmed the jury a cloud of phrases that was formed into an elephant. “Scientology” was one of many phrases included within the cloud.

The First Witness Speaks

Jane Doe No. 1 recalled an alleged sexual interplay that occurred with the previous beloved actor throughout her first testimony. She claimed Danny was feeding her double and triple alcoholic drinks whereas they had been partying within the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles earlier than allegedly assaulting her. She beforehand stated whereas she thought this encounter was consensual, she later decided that it was not, describing it as feeling “incestuous” as a result of she and Danny had been so shut at that time of time. The alleged incident occurred in 2002 and isn’t included in her lawsuit in opposition to him.

In the meantime, the protection hit again and claimed there have been discrepancies in Jane Doe’s story in addition to a scarcity of proof.

Is Danny Masterson Nonetheless Married?

Danny has been romantically concerned with Bijou Phillips, 42, since 2004. The couple finally bought married in October 2011, they usually share a daughter Fiona, 8. By all of the allegations, Danny and Bijou have stayed married. In Danny’s lawyer’s assertion, she was talked about as additionally being “shocked” by the allegations, and he or she appears to be standing by him.

Danny Masterson’s Profession

Danny is most well-known for his position on ‘That 70s Present.’ (twentieth Century Fox Movie Corp./Everett Assortment)

Danny has been within the leisure enterprise for many of his life. He was baby mannequin and later teen actor, showing in commercials. His most well-known position continues to be his half in That 70s Present, the place he performed Steven Hyde for all eight seasons. He’s appeared in motion pictures resembling Face/Off (1997) and Dracula 2000 (2000). For the reason that sitcom ended, he’s had roles within the sequence Males At Work from 2012 to 2014 and The Ranch from 2016 to 2018. After the allegations got here out, Danny was fired from The Ranch in December 2017. Netflix launched an announcement about his firing. “Because of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of ‘The Ranch,’” the corporate stated.

Whereas Danny hasn’t appeared in something since getting written off The Ranchhe has been introduced as a part of the solid of Killing Winston Jones, which is claimed to be accomplished, and the upcoming movie In Limbo, per IMDb.