Actor Danny Masterson’s lawyer calls rape allegations politically motivated

Danny Masterson’s lawyer claimed on Friday that the rape allegations against the actor were political in nature, prompted by the controversial district attorney’s election set to take place in Los Angeles County this November.

During a brief court hearing pleading to the allegations that ended without Joe Masterson stating that he raped three women at his Hollywood Hills home in the early 2000s, attorney Tom Messereau distributed a It was claimed that Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey filed the charges only after her rival, the former San Francisco dist, in the November election. Atty. George Gascon said he would have prosecuted the “70s show” actor.

But Gescon never made such a comment. Max Szabo, his chief spokesman, noted that Gescon had previously criticized Lacey for not having previously prosecuted Masters.

Mesreau refused to question reporters after a hearing in L.A. County Superior Court. The attorney has filed a motion dismissing the charges, and a hearing is scheduled for October 19.

“He is not entirely guilty and we are going to prove it,” said Mesro, who made singer Michael Jackson famous against child abuse charges.

Lacey’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment, although Deputy Dist. Atty. Reinhold Müller dismissed Mesreau’s claims as “false” and speculative.

Masters was arrested in three cases of rape in mid-June following an investigation by detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department. He is free in lieu of $ 3.3 million bail.

Prosecutors have charged a 23-year-old woman with rape in 2001, a 28-year-old woman in April 2003 and a 23-year-old woman between October and December 2003.

The women’s claims first received public notice in a 2017 civil suit. Masterson has repeatedly denied the claims, stating that they were inspired by the producers of an anti-scientific television series. Masterson has identified himself as a practicing Scientologist.

“Apparently, Mr. Masterson and his wife are in complete shock, seeing that the accusations are being made suddenly because of these 20-year-olds, but he and his family are relieved to know that the truth is finally out. Will come, “Mesaro said earlier this year.

Masterson’s accused all appeared in court on Friday, walking to the left of the gallery with some relatives and friends. He refused to talk to reporters outside the courtroom. Masterson was instigated by about 20 supporters in the hallway outside the courtroom, delaying the hearing as court staff while maintaining the social discrimination requirements required by the COVID-19 epidemic.

The LAPD presented its case to the district attorney’s office in April 2017, but prosecutors repeatedly asked for further investigation. The DA’s office eventually reviewed the allegations of the five women, dismissing the charges in two cases. Prosecutors said they had insufficient evidence to bring charges in one of those cases, while the statute of limitations expired in another.

According to women’s lawyer Brian Kent, all three women have also been involved in a criminal case in a civil lawsuit filed against Masterson in 2019 in the Superior Court of La County.

In that lawsuit, four women accused Masterson of sexual harassment, saying that after they came forward, the actor, along with colleagues from the Church of Scientology, tried to silence and intimidate him. The lawsuit states that Masterson has worked as a field staff member for Scientology-related organizations.

One of the plaintiffs, Chrissie Bixler, alleged that while dating Masterson, she assaulted him “on more than one occasion” in late 2001 or early 2002 and the attack occurred while unconscious.

After Bixler reported the alleged assault on LAPD in 2016, he claims in the lawsuit that he was allegedly intimidated and threatened by people associated with psychology-related organizations. (The Times does not publish the names of alleged victims in sexual offenses until they are publicly revealed.)

Another woman who joined the lawsuit but opted to sue Masterson, accused her of sexual harassment at her home in April 2003, a date that relates to charges in the criminal case.

The woman alleged that according to the lawsuit, he became “very sick and disoriented” after drinking a drink at Masterson’s home. She said in the suit that when she began to feel ill, Musterson brought her to the bathroom, undressed her and sexually assaulted her in the shower.

Masterson’s lawyers have vigorously denied the charges in the lawsuit, calling them “false and libelous”. The attorneys noted that the claims did not mention that the plaintiff “had a long-standing relationship with Mr. Masters.” Lawyers have also stated that the “original claim” stems from “prior consensual relationships”.

“This lawsuit is nothing more than a publicity stunt,” his lawyer Andrew Bretler filed in an April court.

William Foreman, a lawyer at the Church of Scientology International, previously dismissed claims made in the litigation.

Forman told The Times in 2019, “This baseless lawsuit will not go anywhere because the claims are excellent and a show off.”

Masternan faces life in prison if found guilty in all cases.

“Since Day 1, I have denied the offending charges against me,” Masterson said in 2017. “I was never charged with a crime, only one was convicted.”