Actor Danny Masterson was meted with rape allegations last year. He then claimed that the anti-Scientology campaign led by Leah Remini is a huge driving force behind the allegations in his ongoing case. The actor from “That ’70s Show” is facing three counts of rape by force or fear, which if found guilty could result in a 45-year jail sentence. Superior Court Judge recently said that the Danny Masterson rape case won’t “become a trial on Scientology.”
The primary figures of the case are all current or former members of the Church of Scientology. The former star of the enduring comedy That ’70s Show will soon go on trial for allegedly sexually assaulting three women in the past. The 46-year-old Masterson’s Los Angeles trial could start with opening remarks as early as Tuesday.
While the judge has stated her determination to prevent the church from becoming the focal point of the proceedings, it will unavoidably loom big. Masterson is accused of raping the women between 2001 and 2003 in his home, which served as a gathering place for people when he was at the height of his fame.
The three accusers, all of whom have since left the organization, claimed that they were first hesitant to approach authorities because the religion insisted that issues involving fellow members be resolved privately. At a hearing before the trial, Superior Court Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo declared that it won’t turn into a trial on Scientology. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she did, however, say that she would allow discussion of the delay in the women reporting to the police.
This is not going to become a trial on Scientology,
Masterson has entered a not-guilty plea to the accusations. His longtime girlfriend is one of the accusers. The second was an old friend, while the third was a more recent acquaintance. As does Masterson now, all three were members of the Church of Scientology. Stay tuned to Thirsty for the latest news and updates.
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