Danny Masterson is the latest Hollywood celebrity fired due to rape allegations. Netflix announced Monday that the 41-year-old actor was being written off The Ranch after a Huffington Post report emerged saying Netflix exec Andy Yeatman told one of his accusers that the streaming service did not believe the allegations.
“As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch. [Monday] was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him,” Netflix said in a statement via Hollywood Reporter
Masterson is being accused by four women that claim he raped them. The Los Angeles County District Attorney and Los Angeles Police Department are both investigating the claims. The former That ’70s Show actor denies the allegations and issued a statement of his own.
“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,” Masterson told TMZ. “I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. In this country you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused.”
According to THR, the LAPD has been investigating a potential Church of Scientology cover-up since March. “The claims stem from an alleged victim’s 16-year-old claims that were brought to light after contact with Leah Remini as part of her A&E docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” the publication writes. Three of the four women accusing Masterson are Scientologists.
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