American actor Danny Masterson, known mainly for the television comedy “Those 70’s Wonderful”, will be tried in Los Angeles (USA) for three alleged crimes of rape.
The Los Angeles Superior Court decided to initiate the process by finding “sufficient evidence” after hearing the testimony of three women between 23 and 28 years old who denounced that the actor raped them in 2001 and 2003 when they met in the Church of Scientology.
If convicted of these charges, the interpreter He could face up to 45 years in prison.
Masterson’s attorney, Tom Mesereau, He assured that the relationships between the actor and the three women were consensual and described the process as a revenge against the cult he practices the artist, as the alleged victims left the Church of Scientology.
In late 2017, Netflix fired Masterson of the series “The Ranch” for those accusations.
The allegations had been known since March 2017, about seven months before the scandal about Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement shook Hollywood and revealed numerous cases of abuse and sexual assault in the American audiovisual industry.
The artist, who is a member of the Church of Scientology, then denied those allegations. and related them to a controversial documentary series “Leah Remini and Scientology” by actress Leah Remini against her cult.
The Church of Scientology has been accused on other occasions of covering up alleged sexual abuse by its members.