Danny Masterson sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for 2003 rapes

Danny Masterson was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison Thursday for two rapes he committed in 2003.

“Mr. Masterson, you are not the victim here,” California Superior Court Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo told the actor in court, according to journalist Meghann Cuniff.

“Your actions 20 years ago took away another person’s choice and voice. Your actions 20 years ago today were criminal, and that’s why you are here.”

All of Masterson’s accusers were given the opportunity to give impact statements at the hearing.

“You relish in hurting women. It is your addiction. It is without question your favorite thing to do,” one of the victims said, per Cuniff.

Leah Remini, a vocal adversary of Masterson, was reportedly present at the sentencing.

Danny Masterson walking to court.
Danny Masterson was sentenced for rape Thursday.

The “That ’70s Show” alum, who was seen for the first time in jail garb Thursday, received the maximum possible sentence.

Masterson, 47, was found guilty of his crimes in May during a retrial after the first trial resulted in a hung jury in November 2022. The panel deliberated for seven hours.

However, the jury agreed on only two of the three counts at the retrial earlier this year. The third, pertaining to a woman identified only as Jane Doe No. 3, was declared a mistrial and dismissed.

Danny Masterson walking to court with his lawyers.
The sentencing comes nearly four months after he was found guilty.

The three women who came forward to accuse Masterson of sexual abuse were one who claimed he had raped her in the winter of 2001 when she was 23; one who claimed her rape took place in April 2003 when she was 28; and another whose alleged incident took place around the fall and winter of 2003 when she was 23.

One of the women was an ex-girlfriend and all accusers were reportedly part of the Church of Scientology.

According to ABC News, they were hesitant to come forward at first because the church allegedly discouraged its members from reporting crimes to the police. They have all since left the church.

Testimony in the second trial accused the “Men at Work” alum of drugging his victims before sexually assaulting them. The ex-girlfriend claimed she had to pull his hair to stop him from raping her.

Danny Masterson.
Masterson allegedly drugged his victims before raping them.
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Masterson entered a plea of not guilty in January 2021.

“We’re confident that he will be exonerated when all the evidence finally comes to light and witnesses have the opportunity to testify,” his attorney, Tom Mesereau, told the Hollywood Reporter at the time.

“Obviously, Mr. Masterson and his wife are in complete shock considering that these nearly 20-year old allegations are suddenly resulting in charges being filed, but they and their family are comforted knowing that ultimately the truth will come out. The people who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false.”

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