That ’70s Show star Danny Masterson has been charged with three counts of rape, in Los Angeles.
The charges stem from three separate incidents involving three different women from 2001 to 2003.
LA Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller said all of the alleged crimes occurred at the actor’s Hollywood Hills home. Police declined to file sexual assault charges in two other cases due to insufficient evidence and the statute of limitations
Masterson, 44, has denied the allegations.
His attorney said in a statement, “Mr. Masterson is innocent, and we’re confident that he will be exonerated when all the evidence finally comes to light and witnesses have the opportunity to testify.
“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. The people who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false.”
In 2017, the Huffington Post reported that Masterson had been accused of sexual assault by four women. Last August, four women sued Masterson and the Church of Scientology, claiming they were harassed after they reported their claims to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Masterson played the roles of Steven Hyde in That ’70s Show (1998–2006) and Jameson “Rooster” Bennett in The Ranch (2016–2018) but was fired by Netflix and written out of the show.
He is due to be arraigned on Sept. 18.
If convicted on all three counts, he could face up to 45 years to life in prison.