Actor Danny Masterson, known for his role in “That ’70s Show,” has been found guilty of rape. The verdict was reached by a jury on Wednesday, after a trial that lasted for several weeks.
Masterson was accused of raping three women between 2001 and 2003. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, but was convicted on all counts by the jury.
The actor now faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life in prison. The sentencing will take place on March 8, 2022.
The news of Masterson’s guilty verdict has shocked many in the entertainment industry. Masterson’s co-stars from “That ’70s Show” have not commented on the trial, but fans of the show have expressed their disappointment on social media.
The case against Masterson was first opened in 2017, but the actor was not charged until 2020. Masterson’s lawyer, Tom Mesereau, argued that the allegations were the result of a conspiracy against his client by the Church of Scientology, of which Masterson is a member.
However, the prosecutor in the case argued that Masterson used his fame and position in the Church to intimidate and silence his victims.
This case comes amidst a wave of high-profile cases of sexual assault and misconduct in Hollywood, including those against Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, and Kevin Spacey. The verdict in Masterson’s case is another step towards holding powerful figures in the entertainment industry accountable for their actions.