Saturday, May 25, 2024

Scientology Loses Big Time as “70s Show” Star Danny Masterson Gets 30 Year Sentence for Rape


“That 70s Show” star was sentenced to 30 years in prison just now for rape in a Los Angeles courtroom/

Masterson was convicted in May on two of three forcible rape charges. The Scientology member was accused of raping three women at his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003 — while he was appearing on “That 70’s Show.” The jury convicted him of raping two women in 2003, but didn’t reach a verdict on an allegation from November 2001 involving a former girlfriend.

The sentencing– two sentences of 15 years each — and the verdict are blows to Scientology, which did everything to support Masterson. But this trial pierced the veil of secrecy in the cult. Leah Remini, their chief critic now suing Scientology herself, was at the sentencing. So was Masterson’s beleaguered wife, Bijou Phillips, and her brother in law, Billy Baldwin who’s married to sister Chyna Phillips. Bijou Phillips’ life so far has consisted of unending challenges. Maybe this will propel her away from Masterson and the cult.

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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