Leah Remini called the arrest of Danny Masterson suspected of raping three women “just the beginning” for the Church of Scientology.
Masteron, 44, was charged Wednesday with forcible rape of 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 is 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, whom authorities say invited him 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.
On Wednesday evening, 50-year-old Remini – who had belonged to the church for years but now speaks out against it and its unorthodox practices – tweeted: “Finally, the victims are heard when it comes to Scientology! Praise the Lord!
“This is just the beginning of Scientology, your days of getting away with it are ending! #justice #scientologythithermath ‘.
Leah Remini tweeted after Masterson’s arrest Wednesday night that this was “just the start” for the Church of Scientology
Leah Remini and Danny Masterson in 2009. She Long Denounced Scientology
All of the alleged crimes occurred at Masterson’s home, said deputy prosecutor Reinhold Mueller of the sex crimes division, which is continuing the case.
Masterson, who was taken into police custody on Wednesday before posting bail, is now facing 45 years in prison for life.
In February, Masterson was charged with rape by four women in a trial.
It is unclear whether these women are the same as the alleged victims in the new charges.
At the time, he criticized them for accusing him of rape, claiming that the lawsuit they had brought against him and that the Church of Scientology was just “shameful of money.”
It is unclear who are the alleged victims of today’s arrest or whether they are related to this previous trial in any way.
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 ”.
Masterson has been married to actor and model Bijou Phillips since 2011.
Masterson’s lawyer Tom Mesereau said in a statement: “Mr. Masterson is innocent, and we are confident that he will be exonerated when all the evidence is finally revealed and that witnesses have the opportunity to testify.
Obviously, Mr. Masterson and his wife are in total shock as these nearly 20-year-old allegations suddenly result in charges being laid, but they and their families are comforted to know that in the end, the truth will be revealed.
“People who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know that the allegations are false. “
Danny Masterson is pictured in sunglasses with his co-stars on the show That ’70s
All of the alleged crimes occurred at the accused’s home, prosecutors said. The star’s current home in the Hollywood hills is pictured
Masterson, center, also appeared in Netflix’s “The Ranch” alongside Ashton Kutcher, on the left, and Sam Elliott, on the right
The alleged rapes reached the peak of Masterson’s fame while playing in the retro sitcom “That ’70s Show” alongside Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and Topher Grace. The series aired on Fox TV from 1998 to 2006 and has had a long life in reruns.
He had found Kutcher in Netflix’s western sitcom “The Ranch” when the LAPD investigation into him was revealed in March 2017. The news did not have an immediate impact on Masterson’s career, but later in year after allegations against Harvey Weinstein rocked Hollywood. culture, he was struck off the show.
Masterson decried the Hollywood atmosphere that led him to lose his job and also suggested at the time that his membership in the Church of Scientology led to his persecution.
He said in a 2017 statement that “in the current climate, it looks like you are presumed guilty when you are charged.”
Last year, four women filed a lawsuit against Masterson in California, claiming that the actor 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.
Masterson had asked a judge to dismiss the trial.
The Tampa Bay Times reported for the last time that the Church of Scientology decided to go to arbitration in the case.
Chrissie Bixler formerly Chrissie Carnell speaks to Leah Remini. It is unclear who the alleged victims of today’s arrest are or whether they are related to this previous trial in any way
Chrissie Bixler went out with Masterson for several years and claims that he would have had sex with force and became violent when she refused. She says her dog mysteriously died after reporting him. It is unclear who the alleged victims of the arrest are or whether they are related to this previous trial in any way
Bobette Riales, who has been with the actor for two years from 2002, says he drugged and sexually assaulted him. She claims she was followed, watched and robbed of her garbage after going to the police with her allegations against Masterson in 2017. It is not known who are the alleged victims of today’s arrest or if they are related to this earlier trial in any way.
Two of the women named in the costume were Masterson’s ex-girlfriends – Chrissie Bixler and Bobette Riales – while the other two were only identified as Jane Does.
He said the women are all ex-girlfriends just trying to humiliate him and says they are “shameful of money”.
He has always denied the allegations and said that a criminal investigation two years ago did not result in any charges.
In trial, women claim that when they came forward to speak out against the allegations of sexual assault against Masterson, the church allegedly conspired to track down, harass, invade their privacy and cause emotional distress in order to intimidate them and silence them.
In the initial trial, Bixler said that she had dated Masterson for several years and joined Scientology “on his orders.”
She claims Masterson would regularly force her to have sex with him and says he ‘became violent’ when she refused, citing an occasion when he dragged her naked to the floor of their bedroom while berating her appearance .
Bixler claims that after the incident, she was forced to follow an “ethics program” where she spoke to a church worker about Masterson’s alleged abusive behavior.
In new court documents tabled in February, the church has argued that women consented to the “ecclesiastical rule” when they became members and therefore waived their right to sue
She said that the employee told her that it was her job as Masterson’s girlfriend “to give him sex when he wanted to” and that if she obeyed “these things would not happen”, according to the suit.
After presenting her allegations, she says her dog mysteriously died from unexplained traumatic injuries to the windpipe and esophagus.
According to the suit, Bixler says she was also kicked from the road in June by a car following her. In the same month, Bixler claims that one of Masterson’s friends threatened to post naked photos of her taken when she was a minor.
Another woman in costume, Bobette Riales, says she has suffered similar threats, including being followed, monitored and having her trash stolen after going to the police with her allegations against Masterson in 2017.
Riales claims that Masterson, who she dated for two years from 2002, drugged and sexually assaulted her.
The other two women, who have not been identified, claim to have suffered Masterson and his allegations of abuse between 1999 and 2002.
Jane Doe 1 claims that she may have been drugged by Masterson after he gave her two drinks and that she found herself alone in her room where she fell asleep. She claims that she woke up to Masterson having sex with her and pushed him away.
A few years later, Jane Doe 1 said that she felt disoriented again after drinking a glass of Masterson. She claims to have passed out and woke up to the actor who raped her.
Jane Doe 1 says she reported the incident to LAPD on June 6, 2004, but said the Church of Scientology “mobilized” against her to ensure that no charges were laid.
The other woman, Jane Doe 2, says she also felt disoriented after drinking a glass of Masterson. Jane Doe 2, a church member from childhood, says Masterson sexually assaulted her in the shower and in her bedroom.
Jane Doe 2 said she knew from Scientology that she would “not be allowed to report the assault to civilian authorities outside of Scientology”, so she did not disclose the alleged incident to LAPD until 2017.
Since the report, Jane Doe 2 has claimed that her phone and computer were hacked, her car has been vandalized and she has been harassed on social media.
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.