In a retrial, actor Danny Masterson has been pronounced guilty on two counts of rape by a Los Angeles jury, although a verdict could not be reached on the third count. Masterson, renowned for his role in “That ’70s Show,” maintained his plea of not guilty regarding the accusations of raping three women between 2001 and 2003. While the District Attorney expressed disappointment with the partial verdict, they commended the bravery of the victims who came forward after the allegations surfaced in 2017. As a potential consequence, Masterson faces a possible sentence of up to 30 years to life in state prison and was subsequently taken into custody following the announcement of the verdict.
According to CNN:
A Los Angeles jury has found actor Danny Masterson guilty on two of the three counts of rape in a retrial on Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney.
There was a hung jury on the third count, the District Attorney said.
The “That ’70s Show” star, 47, had pleaded not guilty to raping three women at his home in separate incidents between 2001 and 2003.
He is facing a possible sentence of up to 30 years to life in state prison.
News of the allegations date back to March 2017 when journalist and former Village Voice editor Tony Ortega wrote on his site, “The Underground Bunker,” that Masterson was being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Following the initial allegations in 2017, there was skepticism regarding whether the prominent actor would face consequences for his actions. The accusations against Danny Masterson were met with shock, but it is reassuring to witness that even individuals in the public eye can be held accountable. Now, as the trial concludes, Masterson potentially faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, having been found guilty on two counts of rape. This outcome highlights the importance of justice and serves as a reminder that no one is above the law, regardless of their fame or status.