Danny Masterson of That ’70s Show accused of raping 3 women

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This show from the 70s Actor Danny Masterson was charged with the rape of three women in the early 2000s, Los Angeles prosecutors announced on Wednesday.The three counts of rape by force or fear come after a three-year investigation into 44-year-old Masterson. The charges were laid on Tuesday and an arrest warrant has been issued, prosecutors said.

The district attorney’s office said in a statement that it had refused to lay charges of sexual assault against Masterson in two other cases due to insufficient evidence and the limitation period.

It is not clear if Masterson was arrested.

He is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman in 2001, a 28-year-old woman in early 2003 and a 23-year-old woman in late 2003.

Masterson’s lawyer Tom Mesereau said his client “is innocent, we are confident that he will be exonerated when all the evidence is finally revealed and that witnesses will have the opportunity to testify”.

“Clearly, Mr. Masterson and his wife are in complete shock as these nearly 20-year-old allegations suddenly result in charges being laid, but they and their families are comforted in the knowledge that in the end the truth will be revealed, “said Mesereau in a statement.

“People who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know that the allegations are false. ”

Masterson, who has been married to actress Bijou Phillips since 2011, has been pulled from the Netflix comedy series The ranch in December 2017, when a police investigation into the allegations against him was first revealed.

Dozens of actors, politicians, businessmen and musicians have lost their jobs since 2017, when allegations of sexual assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein fueled the #MeToo movement. Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual assault in February and sentenced to 23 years behind bars.

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