Danny Masterson has been accused of having “violated force three women” in separate incidents that took place between 2001 and 2003, announced on Wednesday the public prosecutor of the district of Los Angeles, Jackie Lacey.
The three counts of rape by force or fear arise after a three-year investigation on Masterson, 44 years of age. The charges were filed Tuesday, and Masterson was arrested Wednesday morning, according to the records of the prison. He was being held on bail of $ 3.3 million.
The star of “That’ 70s Show “is accused of having raped a woman of 23 years in 2001, according to the complaint. He is also accused of raping a woman of 28 years in 2003 and “between the months of October and December of the same year”, is also accused of raping a woman 23 years of age, that the actor was a guest at his Hollywood hills. at home, according to a press release from the office of the district attorney (DA).
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In a statement to Fox News on Wednesday, the lawyer of Masterson, Tom Mesereau, has said his client ” is innocent, and we are confident it will be cleared when all the evidence will eventually be revealed and that the witnesses will have the opportunity to testify “.
“Obviously, Mr. Masterson and his wife are in a state of complete shock, given that these allegations of nearly 20 years cause suddenly charges, but they and their families are comforted in knowing that ultimately the truth will prove,” said Mesereau. “People who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know that the allegations are false. ”
The case, which is still the subject of an investigation by the division of robberies and killings of the police department of Los Angeles, was filed Tuesday under the mandate, announced the office of the DA.
The deputy attorney Reinhold Mueller with the sex crimes unit, which pursued the case, said that all the alleged crimes occurred at the home of the accused.
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In addition, the office of the prosecutor refused to bring charges of sexual assault against Masterson in two other cases – one for insufficiency of evidence and the other on the basis of the period of limitation for the alleged crime, according to the release.
Masterson has been fired from his role in “The Ranch” to Netflix in 2017, shortly after the revelation of the allegations. A criminal investigation has been conducted at the time but no charges were laid.
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Masterson told the Huffington Post at the time: “I’m obviously very disappointed with the decision of Netflix to deregister my character of “The Ranch” . From the first day, I denied the outrageous claims against me. I’ve never been accused of a crime, much less convicted. ”
The statement continued: “In this country, you are presumed innocent until your guilt has been established. However, in the current climate, it seems that you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused. I understand and I am looking forward to clear my name once and for all. ”
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If he is convicted, Masterson faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life in prison.
The Associated Press contributed to this report