For raping two women two decades ago, Danny Masterson, star of That ’70s Show, was given a term ranging from 30 years to life in prison by a judge.

Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo of Los Angeles Superior Court sentenced the 47-year-old after hearing the women’s testimonies of the trauma they endured and the pain the unsettling memories brought them in the years that followed.

The actor, who has been detained since May, wore a suit when he appeared in court. Masterson saw the women conversing, not showing any signs of emotion.

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“You stole from me when you raped me,” a lady claimed to Masterson after he was found guilty of her rape in 2003. “A theft of the spirit is precisely what rape is.”

She remarked, “You are completely violent, disturbed, and pathetic.” “It is better for the world if you are incarcerated.”

Masterson “has not shown an ounce of remorse for the pain he caused,” according to the second lady who was convicted guilty of rape.

“I knew he belonged behind bars for the safety of all the women he came into contact with,” she said to the judge. I am really sorry, and I am really angry. I regret not reporting him to the police earlier.

Prosecutors retried Masterson on all three charges earlier this year after an initial jury in December failed to reach a conviction on three counts of rape and a mistrial was declared.

After seven days of discussion, a jury consisting of five men and seven women convicted Masterson guilty on two charges on May 31. When Masterson was at the peak of his popularity from the Fox network series, both incidents happened in his house in the Hollywood region in 2003.

On the third count, which claimed that Masterson had allegedly sexually assaulted a previous girlfriend, they were unable to come to a decision. They had supported conviction by a vote of 8 to 4.

After hearing arguments earlier on Thursday, the court denied the defense’s request for a fresh trial and condemned the actor.

The defence requested a sentence ranging from 15 years to life in order to have the terms for the two convictions run concurrently. The prosecution requested the maximum punishment of 30 years to life that Masterson was entitled to.

“The decisions you make today will have an impact on his life,” Masterson’s attorney Shawn Holley informed the judge prior to the sentencing.

Additionally, there is the life of his nine-year-old daughter, who is everything to him.

“He has been an amazing brother, son, coworker, father, husband, and community servant. He has lived an exemplary life,” Mr. Holley remarked.

Prosecutors claimed that Masterson avoided penalties for decades following the crimes by using his status as a prominent member of the Church of Scientology, of which all three women were members at the time.

The women held the church accountable for their reluctance to report Masterson to the authorities. In their testimony, they said that after reporting him to Scientology officials, they were informed that they had not been raped, that they had undergone ethics training, and that they had been advised not to report a member of such high standing to the police.

Following the decision, the church released a statement claiming that the “testimony and descriptions of Scientology beliefs” presented throughout the trial were “uniformly false.”

According to the statement, “the Church has no policy prohibiting or discouraging members from reporting criminal conduct of anyone to law enforcement, whether or not they are Scientologists.”

Masterson’s attorneys did not call any witnesses, and he did not testify. The defence maintained that the acts were consensual and made an effort to undermine the women’s accounts by pointing out alterations and discrepancies over time that they said demonstrated evidence of cooperation between them.

According to the ladies whose evidence helped Masterson get convicted in 2003, after he gave them alcohol, they either passed out or went delirious before he sexually assaulted them.


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