Danny Masterson Exits Los Angeles Courthouse After Rape Case Declared Mistrial
Danny Masterson is off the hook for another 4 months amid his rape case.
The 46-year-old former star of That ’70s Show was on trial after being charged with three counts of forcible rape, involving three women, during the years 2001 to 2003.
If Masterson was found guilty of the charges, he was facing 45-years-life in prison. After a jury were unable to reach a verdict in this trial, the judge declared a mistrial and set a date for a retrial in March 27.
According to the jury foreman, there was a split decision from the jurors, with Count 1 receiving two for guilty and ten for not guilty. Count 2 had four for guilty and eight for not guilty and Count 3 had five for guilty and seven for not guilty. Judge Charlaine Olmedo declared a mistrial, with the jurors saying, “we are not even close to coming to a unanimous decision on any count, and are convinced this will not change.”
Outside the courthouse in Los Angeles, Masterson smiled and walked hand-in-hand with his wife, Bijou Phillips — they tied the knot in 2011. Danny‘s defence lawyer, Philip Cohen, spoke outside the courthouse, saying that Masteron was feeling “a lot of relief,” furthering, “Hopefully what the jury indicated in this case will be looked at by the District Attorney’s office. To hear 10 for not guilty, 8 for not guilty and 7 for not guilty, speaks volumes.”
In response to the outcome, two accusers released a statement, via their lawyers. The statement reads: “We are obviously disappointed that, at least for the time being, Daniel Masterson has evaded criminal accountability for his deplorable acts. However, we are collectively resolved to continue our fight for justice, including in civil court, where we have alleged that Mr. Masterson, along with the Church of Scientology, its leader David Miscavige, and others conspired to systematically stalk, harass, and intimidate us when we sought to shed light on Mr. Masterson‘s actions. This legal fight is far from over, and it is critical that we reckon with Scientology’s alleged role in covering up reports of abuse and threatening victims.”
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