Danny Masterson Verdict, Actor Found Guilty Of Rape Counts, Faces 30 Years In Prison
Danny Masterson, the former star of the 70’s Show series, already has a verdict. The actor faces up to 30 years to life in prison for the forcible rape of two women. He also faced another charge from a former ex-girlfriend, who accused him of a similar crime. However, in this case, the decision was different.
The crimes the actor is accused of date back to 2001 and 2003, when he allegedly committed the assaults. In this case, the vote was divided with eight people in favor of the conviction, while four were against it. As for the third woman who accused him, she indicated that she is disappointed but will seek through the civil court so that she too can find justice.
Danny Masterson Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for the Rape of Two Women
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Danny Masterson appeared in court and lost the legal battle in two accusations of rape from 2001 and 2003 and already has a verdict. At the moment of the decision reading, the actor’s family was present and performed a very audible rite. After the sentencing, the police handcuffed and detained the actor who was denied release before the sentencing, which will be official in August.
One of Masterson’s victims is Jane Doe, who showed joy after Danny Masterson’s verdict and showed relief that this case was over. However, she also indicated that there are still pending cases. One is a civil suit against the actor and the Church of Scientology for stalking and harassing women. On this, he indicated.
“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. 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.”
The actor’s ex-partner, Jane Doe, said she has mixed feelings. She is happy that Masterson is in prison but sad that the jury dismissed the rape charge she filed. The victim also indicated that she and the other victims would file a civil complaint against Masterson and the church mentioned above.
The Los Angeles prosecutor who prosecuted the case, George Gascón, thanked the people on the jury in the trial. He also praised the women who brought the charges and fought to the end. He said:
“Their courage and strength have been an inspiration to us all, while we are disappointed that the jury did not convict on all counts, we respect their decision.”
The Case Puts the Church of Scientology in the Spotlight
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Danny Masterson’s verdict brought to light several irregular activities of this church. The actor has been a member of this organization for many years. Even the victims were part of this cult. However, the violence of the actor and the actions of this organization to dissuade them from suing the artist made them leave.
In the closing arguments made by the prosecutor Ariel Anson, he emphasized that the accused took advantage of his position as an upstart. He used this position to rape the women and did not present any consequences. Part of her statements was:
“Like all predators, the defendant carefully sought out his prey. The church taught his victims that rape isn’t rape, that you cause this and above all you aren’t allowed to go to law enforcement. What better hunting ground? In Scientology, the defendant is a celebrity and he’s untouchable.”
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