Danny Masterson found guilty of rape

The “That ’70s Show” star was found guilty of two of three counts charging him with raping three women more than two decades ago.

Danny Masterson found guilty of rape
Danny Masterson found guilty of rape

LOS ANGELES — “That ’70s Show” star Danny Masterson was convicted on two counts of rape Wednesday at his retrial in Los Angeles.

The seven-woman, five-man jury could not reach a verdict on a third count, which alleged Masterson raped a former girlfriend, after having deliberated for over a week, The Associated Press reported.

Masterson, 47, was led from the courtroom in handcuffs while his wife, the actor and model Bijou Phillips, wept. His family and friends sat in stunned silence.

He faces up to 30 years in prison at his sentencing, set for Aug. 4.

The verdict came some six months after Masterson’s first trial, at which he also faced charges of raping three women he met through the Church of Scientology, ended in a mistrial, with jurors leaning toward acquittal.

He was charged with raping the three women — identified at trial as Jane Doe #1, Jane Doe #2 and Jane Doe #3 — at his Hollywood Hills home from 2001 to 2003.

All three accusers are former members of the Church of Scientology, to which Masterson still belongs.

“I am experiencing a complex array of emotions — relief, exhaustion, strength, sadness — knowing that my abuser, Danny Masterson, will face accountability for his criminal behavior,” Jane Doe #2 said after the verdict was handed down. “I am disappointed that he was not convicted on all counts, but take great solace in the fact that he, the Church of Scientology, and others, will have to fully account for their abhorrent actions in civil court.”

Jane Doe #3, whose count the jury did not convict Masterson on, said she was “devastated that he has dodged criminal accountability for his heinous conduct against me. “

“Despite my disappointment in this outcome, I remain determined to secure justice, including in civil court, where I, along with my co-plaintiffs, will shine a light on how Scientology and other conspirators enabled and sought to cover up Masterson’s monstrous behavior,” she said.

Actor Danny Masterson arrives at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles on May 31, 2023
Danny Masterson arrives at court in Los Angeles on Wednesday with his wife, Bijou Phillips, for his retrial for on charges that he raped three women from 2001 to 2003.Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón thanked all of the women who came forward.

“Their courage and strength have been an inspiration to us all,” Gascón said in a release after the verdict. “While we are disappointed that the jury did not convict on all counts, we respect their decision. The verdicts handed down by the jury in this case were undoubtedly a difficult one to reach and we thank the jurors for their service.”

Just as in his first trial, Masterson did not take the stand. And his defense attorneys declined to call any witnesses.

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