- Former “That 70s Show” actor Danny Masterson is sentenced to a severe 30 years to life in prison on two counts of rape from 2003.
- Heartrending victim impact statements exposed the profound trauma inflicted by Masterson, with one accuser declaring, “You relish in hurting women.”
- All the accusers, including Masterson, are linked to the Church of Scientology, adding an additional layer of intrigue to the case.
California was rife with tension as actor Danny Masterson, famous for his role in “That 70s Show,” was handed a stringent sentence: 30 years to life in prison.
The decisive verdict stems from the conviction on two counts of rape that transpired back in 2003. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo minces no words, ensuring Masterson recognizes the gravity of his actions.
She was quoted stating, “Mr. Masterson, you are not the victim here. Your actions 20 years ago took away another person’s voice, and choice. One way or another you will have to come to terms with your prior actions, and their consequences.”
A poignant part of the hearing, reported by Page Six, saw all of Masterson’s accusers being granted the chance to present their victim impact statements. These heart-wrenching testimonies provide a stark window into the pain inflicted by Masterson.
Journalist Meghann Cuniff documented a woman proclaiming, “You relish in hurting women. It is your addiction. It is without question your favorite thing to do.”
Another victim lamented the theft of her spirit, saying, “When you raped me, you stole from me. That’s what rape is, a theft of the spirit.”
Expressing collective relief at Masterson’s imprisonment, she added, “The world is better off with you in prison.”
While the charges are undeniably severe, Masterson’s lawyer Shawn Holley argued for the actor’s character in court, according to AP, emphasizing his role as “an extraordinary father, husband, brother, son, co-worker, and community servant.”
The defense had initially hoped for a 15-year-to-life sentence with simultaneous run times, contrasting the prosecution’s successful pursuit of a 30-year-to-life verdict.
An intriguing subplot involves the Church of Scientology. Notably, all three accusers reportedly have affiliations with the Church, and Masterson is also a member, as revealed by Page Six.
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