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Danny Masterson's Rape Case Has Been Stalled Despite 'Overwhelming' Evidence Against Him

Danny Masterson's Rape Case Has Been Stalled Despite 'Overwhelming' Evidence Against Him”

The Huffington Post reported Thursday that that number has since risen to a total of four women. The case failed to move forward when the Church of Scientology, an organization that Masterson is a member of, submitted over 50 affidavits from Scientologists denying the woman's claims. All three accusers, who have not been identified, were current or former Scientologists, and one of the women said she was in a relationship with Masterson at the time.

Masterson, who played Steven Hyde on That '70s Showfrom 1998 to 2006, has denied that he engaged in any sexual misconduct.

A spokesperson for Mesereau declined to comment. The district attorney has not made a decision on charging Masterson with a crime. A woman filed a report with the Los Angeles Police Department in 2004 saying Masterson raped her when she was "passed out". She claimed Masterson raped her while she was "passed out", and when she awoke and realised he was raping her, she struggled with him until he choked her and she passed out again. Such tactics are believed to be common in the controversial church, which reportedly punishes members who report fellow Scientologists to law enforcement, labeling them a "suppressive person" which comes with a high risk of being excluded from the church. It's not a question of new accusations; rather, it's the question of why those accusations haven't been acted on. According to two sources with knowledge of the case, the woman's case file from 2004 vanished, leaving Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller to reconstruct it.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office got a hold of the case in April 2017 after police referred it to them, HuffPost reported. Since then, the district attorney's office has examined the evidence turned over by LAPD and conducted its own investigation.

Still, despite what one law enforcement source told the Huffington Post was "overwhelming" evidence against Masterson, no criminal charges have been filed - and it's unclear if they ever will be.

Masterson has had a long, successful career in television.

As we've covered, allegations from the early 2000s surfaced previous year regarding accusations that theThat '70s Show star "violently" raped four women, three of whom are also Scientologists. Masterson has worked on Netflix sitcom The Ranch since 2016, and Netflix was reportedly fully aware of the allegations against Masterson at the time of his hiring.

It's very peculiar why the actor's case is being treated this way, especially since Netflix brought down the hammer immediately after the allegations against Kevin Spacey.

Netflix announced that part four of "The Ranch" would premiere on its website in December.



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