Actor Danny Masterson, finest recognized for his position on “That ’70s Present,” has been charged for raping three women in separate incidents from 2001 by means of 2003, officers introduced Wednesday.
The 44-year-old actor was slapped with three counts of rape by power or worry, in response to the Los Angeles County District Lawyer’s Workplace.
Masterson is accused of raping a 23-year-old lady within the winter of 2001. He’s additionally charged with allegedly raping a 28-year-old lady in April 2003 and one other 23-year-old lady across the fall and winter of 2003, officers mentioned, including that each one the incidents allegedly occurred at his Hollywood Hills residence.
The DA’s workplace mentioned it declined to carry prices in opposition to Masterson for 2 different alleged sexual assault incidents due to inadequate proof in a single case and the opposite case passing exterior of the statute of limitations.
Masterson faces as much as 45 years in jail if convicted at trial.
He’s due in courtroom on Sept. 18.
Masterson’s legal protection lawyer maintained his consumer’s innocence.
“Mr. Masterson is harmless, and we’re assured that he can be exonerated when all of the proof lastly involves gentle and witnesses have the chance to testify,” Tom Mesereau mentioned in a press release to The Submit.
Masterson and his spouse of 9 years, actress Bijou Phillips, are “in full shock” over the costs, Mesereau mentioned.
“They and their household are comforted understanding that in the end the reality will come out,” he added. “The individuals who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false.”
The couple had been married in 2011 and share a 6-year-old daughter.