Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Scientology Defeated in Court: Danny Masterson Convicted on Two Rape Charges, Faces 30 Years to Life in Prison


Scientology took a blow in court today. Long time member Danny Masterson, actor from “That 70s Show,” was convicted on two charges of rape. The jury was deadlocked on a third count.

Masterson faces 30 years to life in prison.

The “church” of Scientology pulled out all their tricks to help but it didn’t work.

Masterson had been accused of raping three women at his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003. The jury convicted him of raping two women in 2003, but could not reach a verdict regarding an allegation from November 2001 involving a former girlfriend.

The verdict is a shock because in a previous trial, which had a hung jury, jurors said they would have voted to acquit Masterson. But this time around, prosecutors were able to make their case more clearly, painting Masterson as untouchable in the Scientology hierarchy vs. the women who accused him, who were members without celebrity standing.

Masterson is married to Bijou Phillips, the troubled daughter of late Mamas and Papas founder John Phillips and Genevieve Waite. He’s seven years her senior. They have one child.

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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