An actor known for starring roles on the hit That ’70s Show and Netflix’s The Ranch was charged Tuesday with three counts of rape, Page Six reports.
Forty-four-year-old Danny Masterson has been accused of sexually assaulting three women over a two-year period.
Two years, three charges
According to the Page Six report, the incidents for which Masterson is facing charges took place between 2001 and 2003. The actor allegedly raped a 23-year-old woman in 2001, a 28-year-old woman in the spring of 2003, and a 23-year-old woman later that same year, according to Page Six.
Each incident reportedly occurred at Masterson’s home in Hollywood Hills.
According to Page Six, the Los Angeles district attorney is also aware of two other incidents, but so far has insufficient evidence to charge Masterson over them.
The actor posted a $3.3 million bail just hours after his arrest, The Hill reported. His court date has been set for Sept. 18.
If convicted on all counts, Masterson could face up to 45 years in prison, according to Page Six.
“Victims are being heard”
As The Hill alluded, Masterson’s case has once again brought questions about the Church of Scientology, of which the actor is a member, to the forefront.
The allegations first came to light during a 2017 episode of Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath, where, according to Fox News, two women told Remini that they had reported assaults by the actor to authorities at the Church, but that nothing was ever done. The allegations resulted in Masterson’s character being written off of The Ranch in 2017, The Hill reported.
After the charges against Masterson were filed this week, Remini celebrated with a tweet.
Finally, victims are being heard when it comes to Scientology! Praise the lord! This is just the beginning Scientology, your days of getting away with it is coming to an end! #justice #scientologytheaftermath https://t.co/oAFlIoWFYd
— Leah Remini (@LeahRemini) June 17, 2020
According to The Hill, Masterson, for his part, maintains his innocence. “We’re confident that he will be exonerated when all the evidence finally comes to light and witnesses have the opportunity to testify,” the actor’s lawyer, Tom Mesereau, told Variety, according to The Hill.