Two years after That ’70s Show star, Danny Masterson, was let go from the hit Neftlix series, The Ranch, due to allegations of rape in the early 2000s, which resurfaced with the #metoo and #timesup movement, the actor is being charged for rape.
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced on Wednesday (June 18) Danny would be charged with three counts of rape by force or fear. According to the complaint, Danny is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman in 2001, a 28-year-old woman in 2003 and another 23-year old woman, whom he invited to his home, that same year.
The woman in the case have released statement regarding the new charges.
“We are thankful that the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office is finally seeking criminal justice against Masterson after a three-year investigation,” the statement read. “We are confident that the truth will be known and hope that the charges filed today are the first steps in this long journey of healing, justice, and holding those that victimized us accountable.”
— Jackie Lacey (@LADAOffice) June 17, 2020
The LA Country DA reveals that they did not press sexual assault charges on Danny in two other cases, one for insufficient evidence and the other based upon the statute of limitations for the crime alleged.
The 44-year-old has denied all allegations. Danny’s attorney, Tom Mesereau, shared his statement with NBC News about the charges.
“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,” Mesereau said. “The people who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false.”
If convicted, Danny faces a possible maximum sentence of 45 years to life in state prison.
Danny’s arraignment is scheduled for September 18.