‘That 70s Show’ star Danny Masterson convicted of rape
In the first trial of rape charges against the former The 70’s Show star Danny Masterson, which happened last fall, was declared a mistrial. In a second trial that had just concluded, Masterson was found guilty of charges stemming from incidents involving two women. The jury was split on charges related to a third woman, with eight jurors finding Masterson guilty and four voting not guilty after five rounds of deliberations.
Masterson could face up to 30 years in prison as a result of the two convictions for forced rape; 15 years for each guilty verdict. The next hearing in the case will be held on August 4.
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Masterson was first arrested and charged with rape in the summer of 2020. The allegations against him first emerged in the midst of the #MeToo movement in 2017, when several women came forward with allegations that the longtime TV star, who played Hyde on the eight. seasons of The 70’s Showon drugs and forced.
According to Deadline, at this second trial, the district attorney placed “particular emphasis on the alleged long periods of time the scientist would spike his victims’ drinks, his all a scientist himself at the time. “
At the time the allegations first surfaced, Masterson was starring in the Netflix comedy The Ranch; he was eventually axed from the series when its third season was produced. After he was fired, Masterson issued a public statement denying the “outrageous” claims, and insisting that police had previously investigated the claims.
The Ranch ended its run in 2020, but Netflix’s The 70’s Show revival, That ’90s show, has already been renewed for two more seasons by Netflix after its successful premiere in early 2023. Masterson is one of the few stars of the original show who did not appear on the new series.
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