That '70s Show and The Ranch star Danny Masterson charged with rape
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By digital spy
Note: The following article contains a discussion of allegations of sexual misconduct that some readers may find disturbing.
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Show actor Danny Masterson from the 1970s was accused of raping three women in various incidents between 2001 and 2003.
The Los Angeles District Attorney General has confirmed that Masterson is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman between January and December 2001.
He is also accused of raping a 28-year-old woman and a 23-year-old woman whom he had invited to his home between October and December of this year in April 2003.
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In a statement to Digital Spy, Masterson's lawyer, Tom Mesereau said: "Mr. Masterson is innocent and we are confident that he will be released when all the evidence finally comes to light and witnesses have the opportunity to testify."
"Obviously, Mr. Masterson and his wife are totally shocked when you consider that these almost 20-year-old allegations suddenly lead to charges, but they and their family are comforted to know that the truth will ultimately come out. People, I know that Mr. Masterson knows his character and knows that the allegations are wrong. "
Masterson was arrested on Wednesday (June 17) and taken to prison. His bail is said to have been set at $ 3.3 million and his charges are scheduled for September 18.
The Los Angeles District Attorney General also notes that it has "refused to file sexual assault charges against Masterson in two other cases, one for insufficient evidence and the other due to the statute of limitations for the alleged crime."
If convicted, Masterson faces a maximum prison sentence of 45 years for life in prison.
In December 2017, Masterson was released from the Netflix series The Ranch after four women accused of sexual assault.
In a statement after he was removed from the show, Masterson said, "From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone one convicted."
Rape crisis England and Wales are committed to eliminating all forms of sexual violence and misconduct. If you are concerned with the issues raised in this story, you can access their website for more information or call the National Rape Crisis Helpline at 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland's helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
US readers are encouraged to contact RAINN or the National Sexual Assault hotline at 800-656-4673.
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