After a nearly two-year trial, actor Danny Masterson was found guilty of two of the three rape allegations against him. It is estimated that he could face a sentence of between 30 years and life imprisonment.
After a nearly two-year trial in the case of actor Danny Masterson, who was accused of rape, Los Angeles Superior Court Justice Charlaine F. Olmedo released the verdict in which she and a court confirmed by 12 people who spoke to him found guilty in two of the three counts against him.
The testimonies of the victims, who noted that they are still suffering the emotional and psychological effects of this painful episode, sparked a trial that was about to face its second episode, as Danny Masterson had been found innocent at first instance due to lack of unanimity in The Process. Jury consensus.
One of the women explained:
“When you raped me, you stole something from me. This is rape: spirit stealing. You’re pathetic, disturbed and completely violent. The world is a better place while you’re in prison..
The second victim was also concerned because Danny Masterson showed no regrets about what he had done.
“This man should be behind bars to protect all the women he has been in contact with. I wish I had reported it earlier.
For his part, the defendant remained stoic on the day of sentencing and showed no reaction when he met her; and the family and legal team who accompanied him in the room. His wife, Bijou Phillips, expressed concern and cried throughout the hearing.
It is worth noting that Masterson is a member of the Church of Scientology, and at one point the complainants were; In fact, it was there that the first contacts were made, regretting that they had not previously denounced the manipulation of the authorities of this organization.
The accused has been in custody since May 31, when the authorities involved found his guilt in these two charges, although they had doubts third case, which is about an ex-girlfriend of his. These complaints were made public in 2020.
In that trial, the 12 jurors – seven women and five men – agreed that the actor had molested the women. However, on this third complaint, the vote count was eight votes to four for his guilt, which does not allow a decision on the file.
Given the defense’s passivity, Tom Meserau, the actor’s attorney, stated:
“We are confident that when all the evidence is in place and the witnesses have an opportunity to speak, he will be exonerated.”
Recall that Masterson rose to fame with the 1998 series ‘That 70’s Show’, in which he played Steven Hyde. Then, after years of smaller roles and periods of inactivity, he took part the ranch alongside Ashton Kutcher; However, he was fired in 2017 over the rape investigations that were made public at the time.