Actor Danny Masterson was found guilty of two counts of rape by a Los Angeles jury, while the third count resulted in a hung jury. Masterson had been accused of raping three different women from 2001 to 2003 and faced more than 40 years in prison for all three charges. The Los Angeles County District Attorney thanked the three women who “bravely shared their experiences,” adding that they will continue to educate the public on the importance of consent, healthy relationships, and bystander intervention.
Actor Danny Masterson has been found guilty on two of the three counts of rape he was charged with, with the verdict believed to be out soon on how long he will serve following the charges.
On Wednesday, Danny Masterson, best known for his role in “That’s ’70s Show”, was found guilty of two counts of rape, while the jury was deadlocked on the third. Masterson could have faced over 40 years in prison if he had been found guilty of all three charges, but it is unclear how much time he will now serve for just the two counts. The charges were brought against him in June 2020, after three women accused him of raping them in 2001 and 2003, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Despite being found guilty on two counts of rape, Masterson’s sentencing will take place at a later date. Following the verdict, George Gascón, the Los Angeles County District Attorney, expressed gratitude towards the three women for coming forward and sharing their experiences. He also expressed disappointment that the jury did not convict Masterson on all counts but stated that they respect the jury’s decision.
In January 2021, Masterson pleaded not guilty to all of the alleged crimes. His lawyer, Tom Mesereau, called the allegations false and assured Masterson and his family that “ultimately the truth will come out.” During the preliminary hearings before the trial, two of Masterson’s accusers testified against him, claiming they had pulled his hair to stop him from raping them.
The trial has been a long-awaited one, especially since it resulted in a mistrial in November 2022 when the jury was unable to declare whether Masterson was guilty or innocent. The second trial allowed more evidence to be presented, including claims that Masterson had drugged his victims before sexually assaulting them, which helped the jury reach their decision. Masterson’s attorney did not immediately comment on the verdict.