(This post has been edited several times, below, to add updates)
Of course, the actor is denying the allegations. If true, it’s disappointing. He seemed like a grouchy, yet ultimately likable, decent guy in his TV character on “That 70s Show.”
By the way, of note to this actor Bozo (Masterson) and to his spokespersons, who seem to feel that, “but I was in a relationship with the purported victims, so I could not have sexually attacked them!” absolves him, or is a great defense:
Rape and sexual assault are not just things that happen by a stranger to a woman they do not know, but can also happen by men who are MARRIED TO, DATING, or in a live-in relationship, with women.
Rape is not only a situation of a man in a trench coat jumping out from behind a bush at night to drag a woman victim he does not know into an alley and rape her.
Husbands have been known to rape or abuse their wives. Boyfriends have been known to rape or abuse their girlfriends. Therefore, don’t tell me you are above suspicion because you were dating, or living with, some of these women.
As Radar previously reported, Tony Ortega of The Underground Bunkerprovided the document after breaking the bombshell news that Masterson has been the target of multiple sexual assault allegations in the early 2000s.
According to an LAPD investigative report filed by one victim in 2016, one incident occurred in December 2001, when she was living with Masterson in LA for six years.
The alleged victim “went to bed and when she woke up [she] was bleeding from her anus,” the report claims.
The document alleged that she “confronted [Masterson] and he laughed at her and told her he had sex with her anus.”
The incident resurfaced, Ortega reported, after Remini inspired the victim and another alleged victim to come forward with their claims.
…Masterson’s rep told Radar, “We are aware of” the rape allegations from one of Masterson’s exes.
“The alleged incident occurred in the middle of their six year relationship, after which she continued to be his longtime girlfriend,” the rep claimed.
The alleged victims also claim they were pressured by the Church of Scientology to stay quiet about the reported assaults.
Actor Danny Masterson, who played Hyde on “That ‘70s Show” for eight seasons, is being investigated over allegations of sexual assault.
The incidents were said to have occurred in the early 2000s
Actor Danny Masterson, who appeared in sitcom That ’70s Show, is reportedly being investigated by the LAPD after allegations that accusations of sexual assault were covered up by the Church of Scientology.
Variety has reported that the LAPD is looking into claims of sexual assault that were said to have been committed by Masterson – a practicing Scientologist – in the early 2000s. Masterson has denied the claims.
A statement from the LAPD reads: “Three women have come forward and disclosed that they were sexually assaulted by Masterson during the early 2000s.”
The claims that the Church of Scientology covered up the allegations against the actor come courtesy of journalist Tony Ortega.
Masterson’s representative told Variety that the “false allegations appear to be motivated to boost Leah Remini’s anti-Scientology television series [Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath].“
Update. November 2017
Danny Masterson has been accused of rape by four fellow Scientologists
Claims date back to the early 2000s but alleged victims say the crimes were covered up
One woman said she woke up to find Masterson raping her and he choked her until she passed out
She reported it to the cops but her case was eventually dropped and file lost
Claims resurfaced again earlier this year after Leah Remini’s Scientology exposé
Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office was passed the case in April
Sources claim there is ‘overwhelming’ evidence against Masterson including audio, emails to and from Scientology officers and a threatening note to a victim
But as of yet, no charges have been approved for filing
Masterson denies all claims, saying they were purely ‘motivated to boost Leah Remini’s anti-Scientology television series since’
The allegations resurfaced again amid the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal which rocked Hollywood
Masterson, 41, was in That ’70s Show and is currently starring in The Ranch
Rape allegations against That 70s Show star Danny Masterson have resurfaced in wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex abuse scandal as four women have now come forward to accuse the actor of sex attacks.
The historic claims against the 41-year-old, who is starring in The Ranch on Netflix, all date back to the early 2000s.
Yet, despite ‘overwhelming’ evidence, according to source familiar with the case, the actor has never been charged with any crime.
by Marlow Stern
The Scientology whistleblower says there may be a reason the LAPD’s investigations of sexual misconduct allegations against Danny Masterson have stalled: cozy ties with the Church.
…Back in March, journalist Tony Ortega broke the news on his blog The Underground Bunker that the Los Angeles Police Department was investigating Masterson for “at least three alleged cases of rape or sodomy of women who were also Scientologists and who claim they were pressured by the Church of Scientology not to contact police or go public with their accusations.”
Ortega provided partial copies of the police reports. …
…This month, HuffPost’s Yashar Ali reported that despite “what one law enforcement source described as ‘overwhelming’ evidence,” the Masterson rape case—now up to four accusers—appears to have stalled, and “the charges have not been approved for filing.”
…Masterson is represented by Hollywood power attorney Marty Singer, who’s also represented accused sexual predators Bill Cosby, Brett Ratner, Charlie Sheen, John Travolta, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bryan Singer.
…Remini believes there’s a reason why the Shelly case—and others concerning the Church of Scientology, like Danny Masterson’s—are “poorly handled”: the curiously close ties between the LAPD and the church.
…“The captain of that department, Cory Palka, goes to the Scientology Celebrity Centre often. There are pictures of him hanging at Celebrity Centre,” she says.
…The Church of Scientology’s fundraising partnership with the LAPD’s Hollywood division through the PAL continues to this day. And one of the Scientology-affiliated celebrities who regularly participates in these PAL fundraising events is Danny Masterson.
“Scientology is very slick in that it’s partnered in this Police Activities League with the Hollywood division, and every year around Christmastime Celebrity Centre International right on Franklin presents the Hollywood Police Department with a check for this Police Activities League, which gives back to children,” says Remini, shaking her head. “What it’s done is it’s aligned itself as per its policies, because there are Scientology policies that say, ‘Safe-point yourself to the area police department because then nobody will attack your good works,’ so it’s all very pointed and calculated.”
December 2017 updates
by Lesley Goldberg
Danny Masterson is done at Netflix.
The actor, who is facing multiple allegations of rape, has been fired from the streaming giant’s scripted comedy The Ranch.
“As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch. [Monday] was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him,” Netflix said in a statement.
Masterson will still appear in the second half ofseason two, due Dec. 15, and could return for parts of the previously announced third season as the streaming giant writes him out of the Ashton Kutcher comedy. It’s unclear if another actor will be brought in to make up for the void. (Kutcher famously came in as the new male lead after Charlie Sheen was fired from CBS’Two and a Half Men.)
The LAPD has been investigating sexual assault claims against Masterson and a potentialChurch of Scientology cover-up since March.
On Wednesday actress Bobette Riales tweeted, in no uncertain terms, that she was raped by the former “That 70s Show” star.
She added that she wasn’t seeking anything other than “justice and to prevent this from ever happening to anyone else.”
In closing Riales vowed, “My truth will be heard.” She tagged a previous accuser, Chrissie Bixler, whom she applauded for her “strength.”
January 2018 updates
by William Hughes
The backlash against former That ’70s Show and The Ranch star Danny Masterson continues today, with Deadline reporting that Masterson has been dropped by his agents at UTA. The news comes not long after Masterson was fired from his role on the Netflix sitcom, over multiple accusations of rape that have been levied against him by a number of women over the years.
According to Deadline, the split with UTA might have come some time ago, but is only being publicly reported now. Masterson has long denied the allegations against him, which at this point have come from as many as five different women, and were amplified in the wake of Hollywood’s recently evolving approach toward alleged survivors reporting harassment and sexual assault.
Andy Yeatman, the man fired from his job at Netflix after saying that the streaming service’s executives didn’t believe the four women accused one of its stars of rape, has penned a lengthy apology for his statement.
As previously reported, Yeatman was fired from his role as director of kids and family content for Netflix after he was approached by a stranger at his daughter’s soccer game.
He was asked why the company hadn’t taken any action against Danny Masterson, who was co-starring on “The Ranch” at the time. Masterson has been accused of rape by four women, news which had just broken at the time of the conversation.
In a lengthy guest post in The Hollywood Reporter, Yeatman explains that, in an effort to end the conversation quickly and refocus on his daughter, he explained that it’s possible the reason no action was taken was because the executives don’t believe the accusers in this case. The stranger revealed herself to be one of the anonymous accusers and walked away.
“I realize now that my words on that Los Feliz soccer field inadvertently reinforced the widely held and well-founded belief on the part of sexual assault victims that people in power presumptively do not believe them. I have always strived to be thoughtful and conscientious,” he wrote. “But in that brief moment, I came up short and unintentionally spilled salt on some very real wounds. I apologized for this at the time and take full responsibility for it today.”
When his comment very quickly made its way to an article in The Huffington Post, Netflix was quick to denounce the statements as those of one employee that was uninformed on the matter given that his position offered him absolutely no insight into the inner workings of “The Ranch.” Yeatman noted in his apology as well that he had absolutely no idea what the situation was behind-the-scenes at all. Despite his attempts to apologize and walk back his statement, Yeatman was fired along with Masterson.
August 2019 Updates
August 14, 2019
The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles accuses the actor and organization of stalking, intimidation and conspiracy stemming from rape allegations against the actor.
…The suit accuses Scientology, which has long been accused of illegal and unethical conduct, and Masterson of engaging in stalking, physical invasion of privacy and a conspiracy to obstruct justice, among other allegations detailed in the complaint that HuffPost obtained from a source who provided a copy on the condition that they not be identified.