Danny Masterson found guilty on 2 counts of rape in groundbreaking trial

Actor Danny Masterson has been found guilty on two counts of rape in a retrial by a Los Angeles court, according to The New York Times. The decision comes after a lengthy legal battle that began in 2017 when four women accused Masterson of sexual assault, prompting his firing from the Netflix series “The Ranch.” Masterson, best known for his role as Hyde in “That ’70s Show,” has denied the accusations.

The retrial focused on allegations made by two of Masterson’s accusers, both of whom were former girlfriends of the actor. During the trial, prosecutors argued that Masterson had used his position of power and influence to rape the women, with one victim testifying that she had been drugged and raped by Masterson on multiple occasions.

The defense, meanwhile, argued that the women had consensual sexual relationships with Masterson before making false accusations against him as part of a conspiracy to bring him down.

In the end, the jury found Masterson guilty on two counts of rape by force or fear. The actor, who faces a potential sentence of up to 45 years in prison, is set to be sentenced in September. Masterson’s legal team has vowed to appeal the verdict, saying in a statement that they are confident he will be exonerated.

The case has drawn widespread attention as one of the first high-profile trials of the #MeToo era to result in a conviction. Masterson’s case was one of several high-profile Hollywood sexual harassment and assault cases that came to light in the wake of the movement, which aimed to expose and hold accountable those accused of sexual misconduct.