A Los Angeles decide is about to find out the prison sentence for US actor Danny Masterson, convicted in May of raping two ladies in the early 2000s. The former star of “That ’70s Show” faces a potential 30-year to life sentence. Prosecutors argued that Masterson, 47, used his standing as a distinguished Scientologist to evade accountability. The sentencing listening to commenced, with victims delivering influence statements. Prior to the listening to, the decide denied a movement for a new trial by Masterson’s protection workforce.
Masterson’s conviction in May got here after three ladies testified that he had sexually assaulted them at his Hollywood residence between 2001 and 2003, throughout the peak of his tv profession.
He was discovered responsible of rape in opposition to two of the accusers, with fees introduced by the third accuser declared a mistrial. Masterson has been in prison custody since his conviction.
The actor was first accused of rape in 2017, and fees adopted a three-year investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Throughout the trial, prosecutors argued that the Church of Scientology had helped cowl up the assaults, an allegation the group vehemently denied.
Multiple ladies stated they delayed reporting the rapes as a result of Scientology officers discouraged them from doing so, providing one survivor a substantial cost to signal a non-disclosure settlement.