That 70s Show star Danny Masterson has been charged with rape (Picture: Rex/Getty)
That 70s Show star Danny Masterson has been charged with three counts of rape, officials have said.
The 44-year-old actor is accused of attacking the alleged victims in separate incidents between 2001 and 2003, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney.
Masterson has been charged with three counts of rape by force or fear. He is alleged to have raped a 23-year-old woman in 2001, according to prosecutors.
He is also accused of attacking a 28-year-old woman in April 2003 as well as raping a 23-year-old he had invited to his Hollywood Hills home between October and December that year.
All of the alleged attacks took place at Masterson’s home, prosecutors said.
If convicted as charged, Masterson, best known for playing Steven Hyde on sitcom That 70s Show, faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life in state prison.
Masterson played Steven Hyde in the sitcom (Picture: Rex)
The District Attorney’s office also said it declined to file sexual assault charges against Masterson in two other cases, one for insufficient evidence and the other based upon the statute of limitations.
An arraignment hearing has been set for September.
In a statement, Masterson’s lawyer Tom Mesereau said the allegations are false.
Masterson faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life in state prison (Picture: Rex)
‘Mr Masterson is innocent, and we’re confident that he will be exonerated when all the evidence finally comes to light and witnesses have the opportunity to testify,’ he told PA.
‘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.’
Masterson was written out of Netflix comedy The Ranch in 2017 when he was accused of sexual assault.
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The actor expressed his disappointment at the decision to TMZ, saying: ‘I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of The Ranch.
‘From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit.’
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