Sunday, May 26, 2024

Scientology Under Harsh Light Now as Actor Danny Masterson Ordered to Stand Trial on Three Counts of Rape


Actor Danny Masterson, of “That 70s Show” fame, has been ordered to stand trial on three counts of rape in Los Angeles.

At today’s hearing, the Judge, according to reports, cited Scientology in the decision.

If Masterson goes through with the trial, secrets of the so called Church of Scientology may finally be exposed.

Judge Charlaine Olmedo made the ruling after a hearing to determine what happened. Apparently the Judge said it was because of fear of recriminations from Scientology that the women waited to file their complaints.

Masterson comes from a Scientology family. His brother was an actor on “Malcolm in the Middle.” At one point he’d recruited “70s Show” actress Laura Prepon. She escaped and married actor Ben Foster. But the Mastersons are connected through a lot of other actors. Danny is married to Mamas and Papas deceased founder John Phillips’s daughter Bijou Phillips. They have one child.

Masterson will be arraigned next month.

Roger Friedman
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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