June 17, 2021


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Judge to hear evidence on actor Danny Masterson rape rates

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors on Tuesday are established to start off presenting evidence to a choose as they attempt to clearly show “That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson ought to stand trial in the rapes of a few girls.

Masterson, 45, who has pleaded not responsible and has been free of charge on bail since his June arrest, is charged in a Los Angeles County court docket with 3 counts of rape by power or dread.

At his preliminary listening to scheduled to start Tuesday morning, prosecutors say they will current evidence that he raped a 23-year-aged girl sometime in 2001, a 28-year-outdated woman in April of 2003, and a 23-12 months-old girl involving Oct and December of 2003. Prosecutors have explained all of the attacks transpired in his house.

He could experience up to 45 yrs in jail if convicted.

These types of hearings typically deliver a confined glimpse at the broader evidence that would be introduced need to the circumstance be requested to demo.

At a hearing last calendar year, the actor’s attorney Thomas Mesereau, who also represented Invoice Cosby and Michael Jackson in their sexual misconduct conditions, claimed Masterson “is definitely not responsible and we’re heading to demonstrate it.”

He termed the circumstance politicized, the rates the final result of unfair hype from media stores and strain to prosecute his shopper as Los Angeles County District Lawyer Jackie Lacey faced an election, which she would later on get rid of.

Masterson is accused of rapes at the top of his fame as he starred as Steven Hyde on the ensemble retro sitcom “That ’70s Show” together with Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and Topher Grace. The collection ran on Fox Tv set from 1998 to 2006 and has experienced a very long afterlife in reruns. He was taken off from the Netflix clearly show “The Ranch” in 2017 in excess of the allegations that would inevitably guide to the rates.

Masterson’s arrest last 12 months arrived after a a few-12 months investigation that resulted in the uncommon prosecution of a renowned Hollywood determine in the #MeToo period.


Stick to AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton on Twitter: https://twitter.com/andyjamesdalton