Friday 24 November 2017

That '70s Show star Danny Masterson under investigation over three sexual assault claims

Actor Danny Masterson in 2012
Actor Danny Masterson in 2012
Danny Masterson in That '70s Show
Ashton Kutcher, left, and Danny Masterson, right, in 2016's The Ranch on Netflix
Actor Danny Masterson attends the Ninth Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park on June 4, 2016 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Veuve Clicquot)
Danny Masterson arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of Marvel Studios 'Ant-Man' at Dolby Theatre on June 29, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Danny Masterson arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of Marvel Studios 'Ant-Man' at Dolby Theatre on June 29, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
(L-R) Jordan Masterson, Alanna Masterson, Bijou Phillips and Danny Masterson attend the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre's 21st "Christmas Stories" at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre on December 14, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. "Christmas Stories" benefits the Hollywood Police Department's Youth Development Programs for underprivileged children. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
(L-R) Jenna Elfman, Laura Prepon, Erika Christensen and Danny Masterson attend the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre's 21st "Christmas Stories" at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre on December 14, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. "Christmas Stories" benefits the Hollywood Police Department's Youth Development Programs for underprivileged children. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Actor Danny Masterson is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department over sexual assault complaints.

The LAPD are looking into the tv star, who featured on That '70s Show from 1998 to 2006, over claims made against him by three women.

"The Los Angeles Police Department Robbery Homicide Division, Sexual Assault Section, is conducting an investigation involving the actor Danny Masterson.

"Three women have come forward and disclosed that they were sexually assaulted by Masterson during the early 2000s," the LAPD confirmed in a statement.

Danny Masterson in That '70s Show
Danny Masterson in That '70s Show

The actor is a member of the Church of Scientology and three other members allege the organisation tried to cover up their complaints, which date back to the early 2000s.

One woman filed claims against the actor after watching Leah Remini's Scientology miniseries, while another is an ex-girlfriend.

Masterson has denied any wrongdoing in the three cases and his representative issued a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, saying:  "We are aware of [redacted]’s 16-year-old allegations. It was only after [redacted] was in contact with Leah Remini that she made allegations of sexual assault by Mr. Masterson.

"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 [alleged victim's] only came forward after connecting with Leah Remini."

Danny Masterson arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of Marvel Studios 'Ant-Man' at Dolby Theatre on June 29, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Danny Masterson arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of Marvel Studios 'Ant-Man' at Dolby Theatre on June 29, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

"The alleged incident occurred in the middle of their 6 year relationship, after which she continued to be his longtime girlfriend."

"When Danny ended the relationship she continued to pursue him. In fact, we are informed by the Church that the only demand [redacted] made of the Church after Danny broke up with her was asking for their help to intervene so the breakup would not be permanent," the statement adds.

One woman claims claimed Masterson had sex with her while she was asleep and another alleges she "sexually assaulted the victim while she was passed out."

The latter claims were sourced by former Scientologist and journalist Tony Ortega's The Underground Bunker and the case became public after Ortega published a blog post detailing the investigation on Friday.

Ashton Kutcher, left, and Danny Masterson, right, in 2016's The Ranch on Netflix
Ashton Kutcher, left, and Danny Masterson, right, in 2016's The Ranch on Netflix

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