Danny Masterson Rape Case Delayed After Accusations

November 3, 2017

 

 

This story was originally published to International Business Times' website on November 2, 2017

 

Danny Masterson's ongoing sexual assault case has been delayed despite apparent "overwhelming" evidence, according to HuffPost. "The Ranch" star came under fire after four women accused him of rape between 2001 and 2003. Three accusers were said to be members of the Church of Scientology at the time of the incidents, an organization that Masterson was also a member of, according to HuffPost.

 

A source with the Los Angeles Police Department told HuffPost Thursday there was"overwhelming" evidence, but the charges hadn't been approved. The evidence reportedly includes audio, emails and a handwritten letter addressed to an accuser.  

 

Masterson, 41, grew up as a Scientologist. The religious group has previously been criticized for reportedly concealing allegations of misconduct against members of the organization.

 

The LAPD's Robbery Homicide Division, Sexual Assault Section began investigating the allegations made against Masterson in March 2017 after the first three victims came forward. Former Scientologist Leah Remini spoke with the LAPD after one of the victims approached her about the alleged assault.

 

"I met with the LAPD. I met with Detective Reyes [who was assigned the case], and I told her these victims deserve to be heard," Remini told anti-Scientologist blogger Tony Ortega in March. "I asked her to do the right thing by these girls, and I told her that the world is watching."

 

"As more people come forward and are courageous, it's going to force law enforcement to do its job," Remini added. "Mike Rinder and I will make it our business to follow this story very closely and make it known publicly."

 

Ortega published court documents in March to his blog website, The Underground Bunker, that appeared to depict claims of rape or sodomy committed by Masterson. The documents only showed allegations made by the first three accusers.

 

The "That '70s Show" alum denied all accusations. 

 

"Based on reading the anti-Scientology blog that posted this story, these false allegations appear to be motivated to boost Leah Remini's anti-Scientology television series since [the accuser] only came forward after connecting with Leah Remini," Jenni Weinman, Masterson's representative, said in a statement to E! in March. "The alleged incident occurred in the middle of their six-year relationship, after which she continued to be his longtime girlfriend."

 

"Significantly, during their long relationship, she made numerous inconsistent claims that she was previously raped by at least three other famous actors and musicians," Weinman added.

 

Masterson is being represented by Hollywood attorney Marty Singer, who is also providing his services to Brett Ratner — a film producer who was recently hit with sexual assault allegations from six women. Singer, 65, has been deemed as the lawyer that can make almost any problem go away. He has previously worked with Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson and Charlie Sheen, among other notable names.

 

Masterson also hired Thomas Mesereau to serve as his criminal defense attorney. Mesereau's client roster includes Michael Jackson and Bill Cosby.

 

Representatives for Danny Masterson, the Church of Scientology and the LAPD did not immediately return International Business Times' request for comme

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