What evidence against Danny Masterson led to his conviction? Examining the witness and victim statements of the three courageous women that led to the actor’s conviction.
Danny Masterson was convicted 30 years to life in prison for raping two women two decades ago. Both reported attacks occurred at Masterson’s Hollywood home in 2003, at the height of his fame when he was a star on That ’70s Show.
The actor from the ’70s show was sentenced to 30 years in prison for raping two women
The actor, who maintains his innocence, was convicted in May 2023 on two of three counts of forcible rape. A jury of seven women and five men found Masterson guilty on both counts after seven days of deliberations. However, the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on a third point, namely the allegation that Masterson had also raped a long-time girlfriend in 2001.
On Thursday (September 7, 2023), Masterson was sentenced by a judge in Los Angeles.
When he was sentenced to 30 years in prison, Masterson blew a kiss to his wife, Bijou Phillips, who was in court to hear powerful victim impact statements read out.
What evidence led to Danny Masterson’s verdict? Shocking statements from three courageous women
The testimony of brave women was the main evidence that led to Danny Masterson’s imprisonment. At sentencing, the three women in the case told the judge that Masterson’s crimes had ruined their lives. They asked the judge to give Masterson life behind bars.
Jane Doe 1 called Masterson “a true coward and heartless monster.”
“I didn’t choose to be born into Scientology, just like I didn’t choose to be raped by Danny Masterson,” she said.
Jane Doe 2 told Masterson across the courtroom, “I still have to deal with what you did to me that night…Fixing that will require a lifetime of therapy.” Every time I think I’m okay, that rape comes back to me.”
“Nobody is Alone,” Jane Doe 2 added to her own victim statement. “Nowhere have I felt safe… I have severe post-traumatic stress disorder and waves of panic attacks,” she continued. “You did this to me and all your victims on purpose.”
“I believed him when he called me stupid, untalented and trash.” said a statement from Jane Doe 3. The Jane Doe said that she was “regularly abused…and repeatedly raped” in the “cycle of abuse.”
Masterson did not testify during the trial and the defense did not call any witnesses. They argued that the acts were consensual and claimed that the women’s statements were contradictory.
He reportedly gave them drinks and they became dazed
The women whose testimony led to Masterson’s conviction said he gave them drinks and they became dazed or blacked out before he raped them.
However, the trial, which ended with a conviction in May 2023, was Masterson’s second trial on the same charge. The first trial ended in November 2022 with a hung jury. However, the judge ruled it a mistrial and decided to retry the case before a new group of jurors.
Per Reports, the difference between the two studies related to allegations of drug use. In the first trial, prosecutors did not directly say that Masterson drugged the women. At the retrial, prosecutors were allowed to say Masterson drugged the women. The actor was not charged with drug use in any case, and no toxicology evidence was presented at trial.
Scientology took center stage during the Danny Masterson trials
The Church of Scientology played a prominent role during the Danny Masterson trials. The actor was one of Scientology’s most prominent members and a lifelong member of the church.
All three victims were Scientologists at the time of their attacks, although they have since left the church. It is believed that Masterson used his prominence in the Church of Scientology for decades after the attacks to avoid responsibility and punishment.
Two of his accusers, former members themselves, claim the church discouraged them from contacting law enforcement for years. When they reported Masterson to Scientology officials, they said they were told they had not been raped. They claimed they were put through ethics programs and warned not to contact the police to report such a high-ranking member.
Scientology officials have rejected “scandalous allegations that the church victimized the accusers.” They claimed that these allegations had been “debunked” and that parts of the court testimony regarding the organization were “consistently false.”
“The Church has no policy prohibiting or preventing members from reporting criminal conduct by anyone – Scientologist or not – to law enforcement,” the statement said.
Talk to someone
If you are affected by this story, you can contact RAINN. It is also known as the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network or the National Sexual Hotline. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1 (800) 656-4673.
You can also contact the Department of Defense’s secure Sexual Assault Helpline at 1 (877) 955-5247.
In the UK, call 0808 802 9999 for confidential emotional support. It is open daily all year round from 12:00 to 2:30 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. You can also contact Victim Support on 08 08 16 89 111
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