"That 70's Show" actor Danny Masterson investigated for multiple rapes

 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:42 am    Post subject: "That 70's Show" actor Danny Masterson investigated for multiple rapes

http://variety.com/2017/film/news/danny-masterson-sexual-assault-allegations-lapd-scientology-1202001831/

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‘That ’70s Show’ Star Danny Masterson Denies Sexual Assault Allegations Being Investigated by LAPD

UPDATED: The Los Angeles Police Department is conducting an ongoing investigation on sexual assault allegations against “That ’70s Show” star Danny Masterson, which the actor has vehemently denied.

According to journalist Tony Ortega, best known for his extensive reporting on the Church of Scientology, the Church allegedly covered up the allegations — stemming from the early 2000s. The LAPD didn’t comment on Scientology’s involvement with the investigation.

“The Los Angeles Police Department Robbery Homicide Division, Sexual Assault Section, is conducting an investigation involving the actor Danny Masterson,” reads a statement from the LAPD obtained by Variety on Friday. “Three women have come forward and disclosed that they were sexually assaulted by Masterson during the early 2000’s.”

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Masterson denied the claims in a statement sent by his rep to Variety, saying the “false allegations appear to be motivated to boost Leah Remini’s anti-Scientology television series.” The accuser’s name has been redacted from the below statement.

“We are aware of [the alleged victim’s] 16-year-old allegations. It was only after [the alleged victim] was in contact with Leah Remini that she made allegations of sexual assault by Mr. Masterson. The alleged incident occurred in the middle of their six-year relationship, after which she continued to be his longtime girlfriend. Significantly, during their long relationship she made numerous inconsistent claims that she was previously raped by at least three other famous actors and musicians.

When Danny ended the relationship she continued to pursue him, even making threats to beat up his current wife Bijou Phillips unless she left him. In fact, we are informed by the Church that the only demand [the alleged victim] made of the Church after Danny broke up with her was asking for their help to intervene so the breakup would not be permanent.

We are aware also that approximately 14 years ago a woman referred to in the blog made allegations of sexual assault and that the LADP interviewed numerous witnesses and determined the claim had no merit. Based on reading the anti-Scientology blog that posted this story, these false allegations appear to be motivated to boost Leah Remini’s anti-Scientology television series since [the alleged victim] only came forward after connecting with Leah Remini.”

According to a police report obtained by Ortega, Masterson’s publicist, Jenni Weinman, who sent Variety the above statement, is listed as a witness to one of the sexual assaults.

Ortega reports that the women — Masterson’s fellow Scientology members — were pressured by the church not to report their accusations to the police. No charges were filed against the actor. The victims came forward after reaching out to Remini as a result of her A&E Scientology docu-series, “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.”

“I met with the LAPD. I met with Detective Reyes, and I told her these victims deserve to be heard,” Remini told Ortega’s Underground Bunker. “I pointed out to her that there was a framed picture of a Scientologist on their wall, actor Michael Peña. Do you know what that says to a young Scientologist who comes here to seek justice? My experience with the LAPD has not been good. I asked her to do the right thing by these girls, and I told her that the world is watching.”

Remini’s rep didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Masterson played Steven Hyde in the long-running Fox sitcom “That ’70s Show.” He currently stars opposite Ashton Kutcher, another “’70s Show” alum, in the Netflix comedy “The Ranch.” The 40-year-old is married to Bijou Phillips.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:48 am    Post subject:

To be fair, it's pretty clear this reporter is an SP.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:03 pm    Post subject:

Anyone know if Bill Cosby is into Scientology?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:24 pm    Post subject:

Did they get sent to Tom Cruise's work camps in Riverside?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:27 pm    Post subject:

unleasHell wrote:
Anyone know if Bill Cosby is into Scientology?


I'm sure there are plenty of closet Scientologists in Hollywood.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:41 pm    Post subject:

I didn't know until about a year ago that his siblings are Frances from Malcolm in the Middle and Tara from the walking dead.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:25 am    Post subject:

Chris (the Malcolm in the Middle dude) used to date Danny's co star Laura Prepon.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:03 pm    Post subject:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebrity/how-the-church-of-scientology-seemingly-protected-danny-masterson-amid-rape-allegations/ar-BBGmWO1?li=BBnb2gh

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How the Church of Scientology seemingly protected Danny Masterson amid rape allegations


Scientologist actor Danny Masterson has been accused of rape by four women — and the Church of Scientology claims it knew nothing of the allegations against its longtime member.

However, people deeply connected with the church say members did have knowledge of Masterson's alleged behavior way before the media reports.

Several sources told Fox News that the Church of Scientology systematically covers up misdeeds of its most prominent members — and Masterson, they say, is no exception.

Chris Shelton, a former member of the Church of Scientology and Sea Org from 1987-2012, said the church silences members who want to take complaints to law enforcement.

“The church works to protect the church first,” he told Fox News.

He said the next most important thing to Scientologists is to protect the members of the church and its public image.

“[The Church of Scientology] considers anyone outside the church to be a ‘wog,’ which is a defamatory word describing non-members... It creates an ‘us versus them’ mentality [and tells] members that ‘wogs’ at law enforcement won’t protect them.”

Danny Masterson holding a sign posing for the camera: Netflix announced Danny Masterson has been written out of the series "The Ranch" amid rape allegations against the actor.© Provided by Fox News Netflix announced Danny Masterson has been written out of the series "The Ranch" amid rape allegations against the actor.
Tony Ortega, editor of “The Underground Bunker,” told Fox News Scientologists are “not allowed to file a lawsuit against another Scientologist or report another Scientologist to the authorities.”

Ortega said this has directly impacted the women accusing Masterson of rape.

“For example, one of Masterson’s accusers … went to the church in 2003 to report the incident,” Ortega claimed.

Citing inside knowledge of the church, he alleged Scientology leaders asked the accuser to undergo “intensive counseling from May to December 2003, going back into her past lives to find out what evil thing she did then to cause this now.

"That is how Scientology handled sexual assault,” he added.

Ortega, a journalist who has dedicated his time to investigating the Church of Scientology, claimed members of the church are threatened with being ostracized from the tight-knit community if they go to authorities with sexual assault allegations.

Shelton said he saw similar practices during his time as a member of the church.

Shelton said Scientologists use an “internal justice system” that utilizes fear mongering to stop alleged sexual assault victims from going to the police. Shelton also said the interview sessions with alleged victims within the church are routinely filmed.

Ortega said one of Masterson’s accusers was “brutally interrogated” by a senior member of the organization.

“At the same time, Danny was being interrogated [by a senior member],” Ortega claimed. “… It would have been videotaped. They are manic about keeping records. To my knowledge, none of this was given to the LAPD.”

Ortega said when the alleged victim took her case to the LAPD to claim the “That ‘70s Show” star attacked her, the church stepped in once again.

“A little more than a year after the assault, the church bombarded the LAPD with affidavit after affidavit from church members defending Masterson. The church rallied around him.”

Shelton predicts the church will stand by Masterson, even as his public image begins to crumble. The actor denies any wrongdoing.

“They will keep lying, lying and lying,” Shelton said of the church. “They’ll cover up and double down.”

Masterson was fired by Netflix earlier this week, ending his run on the streaming service’s series “The Ranch.”

He has denied the claims against him, saying in part, "Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one."

In a statement to the media, the Church of Scientology denied it was involved in stifling the claims of Masterson’s accusers.

“The church adamantly denies that it ever ignores any allegations of criminal behavior, especially at the expense of alleged victims. What is being stated is utterly untrue. This has nothing to do with religion. This story is being manipulated to push a bigoted agenda. The church follows all laws and cooperates with law enforcement. Any statement or implication to the contrary is false.”
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:42 pm    Post subject:

So Danny gets his own Sexual Assault thread, but Kevin Spacey and the rest don't?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:54 pm    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:56 pm    Post subject:

Yeah, the 70's were crazy man..
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:51 pm    Post subject:

This is just a way for the government to keep quiet the agenda that nobody wants to talk about. Danny was going to blow the lid on a lot of things that they don't want you to know about. For instance there's this car....IT RUNS ON WATER MAN!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:19 pm    Post subject:

Between this and Uber, I feel Ashton Kucher is an early investor in misogyny.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:26 pm    Post subject:

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Chris (the Malcolm in the Middle dude) used to date Danny's co star Laura Prepon.


She's noice. That's all I got to add. I SAY GOOD DAY!
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