Danny Masterson is found guilty of 2 out of 3 counts of rape in retrial

Danny Masterson and his wife Bijou Phillips arrive for closing arguments in his second rape trial on May 16, 2023, in Los Angeles.
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On Wednesday, Danny Masterson was convicted of rape.

The Los Angeles jury unanimously agreed on two out of the three counts he was charged with, while they were deadlocked on the third count, as reported by TMZ.

Following the verdict, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón released a statement, expressing “gratitude” to the three women who “came forward and bravely shared their experiences.”

“Their courage and strength have been an inspiration to us all,” Gascón added. “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.

Danny Masterson was found guilty of rape.
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The district attorney concluded his statement by saying that they “will continue to educate the public on the importance of consent, healthy relationships, and bystander intervention.”

“We believe that by working together, we can create a safer and more just society for all.”

His sentencing will take place at a later date.

The actor was accused of raping three different women from 2001 to 2003.
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In June 2020, Danny Masterson, aged 47, faced charges of raping three women.

The accusations stated that he allegedly raped a 23-year-old in the winter of 2001, a 28-year-old in April 2003, and another 23-year-old during the fall and winter of 2003, as confirmed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

In January 2021, Masterson pleaded not guilty to all of the charges brought against him.

Masterson’s accusers claimed they pulled his hair to stop him from raping them.

“Obviously, Mr. Masterson and his wife 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,” lawyer Tom Mesereau said on behalf of his client at the time.

“The people who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false.”

During a preliminary hearing leading up to the trial, a woman, who identified herself as Jen B., testified that she woke up to Masterson raping her.

“The first thing I recall is grabbing his hair to pull him off,” she claimed in her testimony.

The actor’s ex, who only identified herself in court as Christine B., then also testified that she, too, had to pull the “Ranch” alum’s hair to get him off of her.

Masterson starred on “That ’70s Show” from 1998 to 2006.
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“He has these rules, ‘no touch hair rule,’ ‘no touch face rule.’ He had this thing about his hair, so I knew if I pulled it really, really hard, he would get off me,” she said during the preliminary hearing.

Following the trial, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on Masterson’s guilt or innocence, resulting in a mistrial declared in November 2022.

In the subsequent trial, Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo permitted the presentation of additional evidence, as reported by The Post. This included testimony revealing that Masterson had allegedly drugged his victims before committing sexual assault. The introduction of such evidence played a role in influencing the jury’s decision.

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