Danny Masterson’s wife, Bijou Phillips, is staying silent following her husband’s rape charges. The Almost Famous actress, 40, deactivated her Instagram account shortly after the That ‘70s Show actor, 44, was hit with three counts of sexual assault on Wednesday, June 17.
The incidents allegedly occurred between 2001 and 2003, according to court documents obtained by In Touch. Masterson was accused of sexually assaulting three women “by force or fear.” The alleged crimes are believed to have occurred at the actor’s home in Hollywood Hills. A warrant for the case was filed on June 16 and The Ranch actor’s arrangement is scheduled for September 18 at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.
“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,” the actor’s criminal attorney, Tom Mesereau, wrote in a statement to In Touch following the allegations and charges against him.
“Obviously, Mr. Masterson and his wife [Bijou Phillips] 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,” Mesereau added.
Masterson was arrested on Wednesday, June 17, in the 100 block of North Los Angeles Street in Downtown L.A. and was booked at the LAPD Metropolitan Detention Center, according to LAPD spokeswoman Officer Rosario Cervantes. Masterson was later released on $3.3 million bail.
If Masterson is convicted of the charges against him, the Yes Man actor faces “a possible maximum sentence of 45 years to life in state prison.”
Additionally, court documents state two other cases were brought to the District Attorney’s Office, although they were not filed as sexual assault charges due to insufficient evidence in one case, while the other exceeded “the statute of limitations.”
The allegations against Masterson have come to light after another lawsuit was filed against him and the founder of the Church of Scientology, David Miscavige, in 2019. At the time, four women alleged the church tried to conceal Masterson’s misconduct.
The case is still under investigation.
If you or anyone you know has been sexually abused, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). A trained staff member will provide confidential, judgment-free support as well as local resources to assist in healing, recovering and more.
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