‘That 70s Show’ Actor, Danny Masterson Found Guilty on Two Rape Charges

Former “That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson has been convicted on two counts of forcible rape, while a mistrial was declared on the third count.

The jury reached their verdict after several days of deliberation, delivering a significant blow to Masterson, who now faces a potential sentence of 30 years to life in prison.

The case shed light on Masterson’s association with the Church of Scientology, of which he and his three accusers were members at the time of the alleged assaults.

‘That 70s Show’ Actor, Danny Masterson Found Guilty on Two Rape Charges

The women reported hesitating to speak to law enforcement due to the church’s teachings discouraging such actions. However, they eventually left the church and united to bring their accusations forward.

During the retrial, prosecutors introduced the element of drugging, alleging that Masterson had incapacitated the women to maintain control over them. The defense argued inconsistencies in the victims’ testimonies and suggested collusion among them. Despite the mistrial on the third count, the two convictions provide some measure of justice for the survivors.

Both Jane Doe 2 and Jane Doe 3 expressed mixed emotions, acknowledging relief for Masterson’s accountability while disappointed that he was not convicted on all counts. They vowed to pursue justice in civil court, where they aim to expose the complicity of Scientology and others in covering up Masterson’s actions.

The verdict carries significant implications, not only for Masterson’s personal fate but also for the larger conversation surrounding sexual assault and the influence of powerful institutions. As the legal proceedings continue, these brave women have become a source of inspiration, with Los Angeles D.A. George Gascón commending their courage and strength.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 4, while a related civil case against Masterson and the Church of Scientology remains pending.