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Danny Masterson, Actor from “That 70s Show,” Charged with Rape of 3 Women by Los Angeles District Attorney


Danny Masterson, star of “That 70s Show” and a very public member of Scientology, has been charged with raping three women, by the Los Angeles District Attorney. Masterson’s alleged crimes here took place between 2001 and 2003. He’s been married since 2011 to Bijou Phillips, daughter of the late John Phillips of the Mamas and Papas, and late actress Genevieve Waite. They have one child.

You can read more in depth coverage of Masterson’s history over at Tony Ortega’s site.

Here’s the release:

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced today that actor Daniel Masterson has been charged with forcibly raping three women in separate incidents occurring between 2001 and 2003. Masterson was charged with three counts of rape by force or fear. The case was filed for warrant yesterday. Arraignment is scheduled for September 18 in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

The defendant is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman between January and December 2001, according to the complaint. In April 2003, Masterson allegedly raped a 28-year-old woman and sometime between October and December of that year he is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman who he had invited to his Hollywood Hills home.Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller of the Sex Crimes Division, who is prosecuting the case, said all of the alleged crimes occurred at the defendant’s home.

If convicted as charged, the defendant faces a possible maximum sentence of 45 years to life in state prison. Additionally, the District Attorney’s Office declined to file sexual assault charges against Masterson in two other cases, one for insufficient evidence and the other based upon the statute of limitations for the crime alleged.The case remains under investigation by Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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