Danny Masterson, the former co-star of That 70’s Show who currently co-stars on Netflix’s comedy series The Ranch, is under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, the LAPD confirmed today.
According to the Robbery Homicide Division’s Sexual Assault Section, “three women have come forward and disclosed that they were sexually assaulted by Masterson during the early 2000’s,” it said in a statement.
It’s unclear how the news impacts Masterson’s current series The Ranch, which is being readied to bow its 20-episode Season 2 later this year. It debuted in April 2016 after it was picked up straight-to-series. The comedy reunited Masterson with his 70’s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher, and the two star as brothers running a Colorado ranch with their parents (Sam Elliott and Debra Winger). Masterson and Kutcher are also producers.
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Masterson’s PR rep, Jenni Weinman Voake at The Current Co, also released a statement today, saying allegations from one of the women, his then-girlfriend, are 16 years old, and that it was only after she “was in contact with Leah Remini that she made allegations of sexual assault by Mr. Masterson.” Masterson is a member of the Church of Scientology, and Remini, a former member, now toplines the A&E series Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath.
Here’s the full statement from Voake:
We are aware of [name redacted]’s 16-year-old allegations. It was only after [redacted] was in contact with Leah Remini that she made allegations of sexual assault by Mr. Masterson. The alleged incident occurred in the middle of their 6-year relationship, after which she continued to be his longtime girlfriend. Significantly, during their long relationship she made numerous inconsistent claims that she was previously raped by at least 3 other famous actors and musicians. When Danny ended the relationship she continued to pursue him, even making threats to beat up his current wife Bijou Phillips unless she left him. In fact, we are informed by the Church that the only demand [redacted] made of the Church after Danny broke up with her was asking for their help to intervene so the breakup would not be permanent. We are aware also that approximately 14 years ago a woman referred to in the blog made allegations of sexual assault and that the LADP interviewed numerous witnesses and determined the claim had no merit. Based on reading the anti-Scientology blog that posted this story, these false allegations appear to be motivated to boost Leah Remini’s anti-Scientology television series.
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