The 70s star and Scientologist Danny Masterson have been charged with three counts of rape, officials said on Wednesday.
Los Angeles district attorney Jackie Lacey has announced that the actor was charged with forcibly raping three women in separate incidents between 2001 and 2003.
Masterson, 44, is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman between January and December 2001, according to the complaint.
He also accused of raping a 28-year-old woman in April 2003 and between October and December of that same year of raping a 23-year-old woman, who authorities say invited her to his home in Hollywood Hills.
Masterson, who also appeared in “The Ranch” on Netflix, has been charged with three counts of rape by force or fear. The matter was brought up for trial on Tuesday.
All of the alleged crimes took place at the accused’s home, said deputy prosecutor Reinhold Mueller of the sex crimes division, which is continuing the case.
Masterson now faces 45 years in prison for life.
70s Show actress and Scientologist Danny Masterson has been charged with three counts of rape, officials said on Wednesday.
A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office said he had “refused to lay charges of sexual assault against Masterson in two other cases, one on the basis of insufficient evidence and the other on the basis of delay. prescription for the alleged crime ”.
In February, Masterson criticized four women who accused him of rape, saying that a lawsuit they had brought against him and that the Church of Scientology was just “shameful of money.”
Last year, four women filed a lawsuit against Masterson in California, claiming that the actor had drugged, raped, and sexually assaulted them in the early 2000s.
The Church of Scientology, of which Masterson is a member, was also named a defendant in the long-standing trial after the women claimed that they had been harassed and harassed by the church for the purpose of silencing them after they complained.
In court documents filed in this case, Masterson asked a judge to dismiss the trial. Masterson’s file argued that the women did not specifically say what they accused the actor of doing.
He says the women are too vague with their claims.
In new court documents tabled in February, the church has argued that women consented to “ecclesiastical rule” when they became members and therefore waived their right to sue
Masterson has repeatedly denied all charges against him since their first disclosure in 2017.
Netflix fired him from The Ranch after the LAPD confirmed that they are investigating the allegations.
Masterson is best known for his role in That 70s Show.