Actor Danny Masterson arrested for rape, hires lawyer who replaced Bill Cosby and Michael Jackson

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Danny Masterson, best known for his role in This 70s show, was arrested Wednesday on three counts of rape; he maintains his innocence thanks to a high level lawyer.

HIGHLIGHTS

He was released from jail less than 3.5 hours after his arrest on posting the $ 3.3 million bail, according to the LA County Sheriff, CNN reports.

Masterson was charged with forcibly raping three women, two aged 23 and one aged 28, in separate incidents from 2001 to 2003 at his Hollywood Hills home, said authorities.

Masterson’s attorney, Tom Meserau, who was representing Bill Cosby and Michael Jackson in their sexual assault cases, could not be reached for comment at the time of publication, but told CNN that “Mr. Masterson is innocent and we have no doubts that he will be exonerated when all the evidence is finally revealed and witnesses have a chance to testify.

Masterson is best known for playing Steven Hyde from 1998 to 2006 in This 70s show with costars Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis; most recently he played Emmy Award winning Jameson ‘Rooster’ Bennett on Netflix The ranch from 2016 to 2018 until he was fired and struck off the show, with four women claiming to rape them in the early 200s, as reported by Huffington Post in 2019.

Masterson lives between Manhattan’s Tribeca, Los Angeles’s East Hollywood and Utah’s Park City, according to his Twitter with his nine-year-old actress wife Bijou Philips and her daughter; he posted a photo from his daughter’s home kindergarten graduation to Instagram a week ago, and posted racial equality content on his social media accounts:

Key context

In 2019, four women accused Masterson of raping them, filing a lawsuit against the actor, the Church of Scientology, to which he belongs, and Church leader David Mascavige. The lawsuit alleges the Church and Masterson conspired in harassment, physical invasions of privacy and conspiracies to obstruct justice, says the Huffington Post report that likely led to his dismissal from Netflix The ranch and UTA representation.

“It’s beyond ridiculous,” Masterson said via his lawyer to the publication in 2019. “I’m not going to fight my ex-girlfriend in the media as she has been harassing me for over two years. I’m going to beat her in court – and I’m looking forward to that because the public can finally learn the truth and see how this woman betrayed me. And once her case is dismissed, I intend to sue her and the others who jumped on the bandwagon for the damage they caused to me and my family.

Further reading

4 Women Sue Actor Danny Masterson, Church of Scientology and its leader (Huffington Post)

Teens on TikTok try to save Barron Trump from the White House (Forbes)

Actor Danny Masterson arrested for rape in Los Angeles (CNN)

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