Daniel Masterson was charged on Wednesday by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for forcibly raping three women in separate incidents between 2001 and 2003. The D.A.’s Office declined to document rape charges against Masterson in two different cases, one for insufficient evidence and the other based upon the statute of limitations for the crime alleged.
The case was petitioned for warrant Tuesday, as per the head prosecutor’s office. Masterson was arrested Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., according to jail records. His bond was set at $3.3 million. He bonded out at 2:44 p.m., according to jail records. Masterson is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman between January and December 2001.
The actor is alleged to have raped a 28-year-old woman in April 2003. And, sometime between October and December of 2003, and according to the authorities the actor is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman who he had welcome to his Hollywood Hills home.
In an announcement to The Hollywood Reporter, Masterson’s lawyer said his client was innocent.
“We’re confident that he will be exonerated when all the evidence finally comes to light and witnesses have the opportunity to testify,” Tom Mesereau said. “Obviously, Mr. Masterson and his wife are in complete shock considering that these nearly 20-year old allegations are suddenly resulting in charges being filed, but they and their family are comforted knowing that ultimately the truth will come out. The people who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false.”
Mr. Masterson and his wife are in complete shock considering that these nearly 20-year-old allegations are suddenly resulting in charges being filed. But they and their family are comforted knowing that ultimately the truth will come out,” Mesereau said. Also, the people who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false.”
Masterson left the Netflix arrangement “The Ranch” in 2017 after four ladies blamed him for assault, allegations that Masterson denied at that point. Masterson starred in “The Ranch” with Ashton Kutcher and was an executive producer for the show.
Masterson has been married to actress Bijou Phillips since 2011. The actor played Steven Hyde on “That ’70s Show,” a period sitcom that disclosed from 1998 to 2006 on Fox and got one of the system’s leader appears. He additionally featured nearby his “’70s Show” castmate Ashton Kutcher in the Netflix arrangement “The Ranch.” He was ousted from the latter show in December 2017, amid accusations of sexual misconduct.
In August 2019, four ladies documented suit against Masterson and the Church of Scientology, alleging they were harassed and stalked in retaliation for going to the police. If convicted as charged, Masterson faces a potential greatest sentence of 45 years to life in state jail.