Danny Masterson Convicted of 2 Counts of R@pe
Danny Masterson’s retrial for rape has resulted in a verdict.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a jury at Los Angeles Superior Court found Masterson, 47, guilty of two counts of rape. Variety reports that a third count of rape led to a hung jury with 8-4 votes in favor of conviction after jurors deliberated for more than seven days.The That ’70s Show actor did not register much of a reaction to the verdict, according to L.A. reporter Meghann Cuniff, who noted that his family members were “fighting back tears” and that wife Bijou Phillips also began to cry.
Cuniff reported Judge Charlaine Olmedo as saying, “Can you maintain your composure? I know it’s hard. But if not I need you to step outside.” Masterson was handcuffed and immediately sent to jail, where he will be remanded until the next hearing on Aug. 4, per Cuniff. The actor is now facing a maximum sentence of 30 years to life in state prison, per Deadline.Masterson was charged in 2020 with forcibly raping three women in separate incidents between 2001 and 2003. Since his arrest, Masterson has been out of jail on a $3.3 million bail. He pleaded not guilty to all three charges in January 2021.
At the time, Masterson’s attorney Tom Mesereau issued a statement to that said, “Mr. Masterson is innocent, and we’re confident that he will be exonerated when all the evidence finally comes to light and witnesses have the opportunity to testify.”
Mesereau continued, “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 who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false.”
All of the alleged crimes occurred at Masterson’s home, prosecutors say, and all three accusers took the stand to detail their allegations in May 2021 in a preliminary hearing.
Masterson was initially tried for the allegations in late 2022, but a mistrial was called after jurors were unable to come to a unanimous verdict. Ten of 12 of jurors wanted to find Masterson not guilty based on the evidence presented.Kutcher, 45, shared his honest thoughts in January on the allegations against Masterson.
“I’m not the judge. I’m not the jury. I’m not the DA. I’m not the victim. And I’m not the accused. And so, in that case, I don’t have a space to comment,” he told Esquire. “I just don’t know.”
He added he wants Masterson “to be found innocent of the charges brought against him” if he was not responsible for the assaults. “I wholesale feel for anybody who feels like they were violated in any way,” Kutcher concluded.