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‘That ’70s Show’ actor Danny Masterson found guilty of two counts of rape

A Los Angeles court jury found actor Danny Masterson guilty of two counts of rape. The 8-4 verdict came after jurors deliberated for two weeks, ending the retrial that began in March, according to The Associated Press. Masterson faces up to 30 years in prison for his crimes; he will be held without bond until sentenced, and no sentencing date has been set.

In June 2020, the former That 70s show The actor was charged with the rape of three women. Masterson pleaded not guilty and a trial held in October 2022 resulted in a mistrial when the jury was unable to reach a verdict.

Masterson was charged with drugging and forcibly raping three women, one of whom was his girlfriend, between 2001 and 2003. The verdict in that case found him guilty on two of the three counts.

Masterson’s defense team argued that all sexual encounters were consensual, although the women testifying described being drugged by Masterson and waking up to find him raping them.

The women also described reporting Masterson’s actions to the Church of Scientology, of which he is a prominent member, and enduring harassment and intimidation from the church after they came forward. Two of the accusers filed a civil lawsuit against the church over their harassment.

Following the rape accusations, which first surfaced in 2017, Masterson was dropped from his Netflix series the ranchand the character he made famous, Steven Hyde, was not featured in the recent That 70s show to restart, That 90s show.

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New York Post

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