“That ’70s Show” Actor Danny Masterson has been charged with forcibly raping three women in separate incidents that occurred between 2001 and 2003, officials say
EOnline reports Danny Masterson has been charged with forcibly raping three women in separate incidents that took place between 2001 and 2003.
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced the charges, three counts of rape by force or fear, on Wednesday. According to records obtained by E! News, the That ’70s Show star was arrested at 11:30 a.m. and held in police custody on $3.3 million bail. E! News confirms he has since been released on bond.
The complaint against Masterson states that he allegedly raped a 23-year-old woman between January and December 2001. Then in April 2003, he allegedly raped a 28-year-old woman. The third incident allegedly occurred sometime between October and December of the same year, when he allegedly raped a 23-year-old woman who he invited to his Hollywood Hills home.
If convicted, Masterson, 44, faces 45 years in state prison.
The District Attorney’s Office also announced Wednesday that it declined to file sexual assault charges against Masterson in two other cases due to insufficient evidence and the statute of limitations.
In response to the charges, his attorney told E! News, “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.”
“Obviously, Mr. Masterson and his wife [actress Bijou Phillips] 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,” the statement continued.