Danny Masterson has pleaded not guilty to multiple rape charges.
The actor’s lawyer Tom Mesereo’s “The 70 ‘Show” lawyer spoke in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday on behalf of his client as Masterson was not present in court.
Masterson is facing three charges of rape by force or fear, stemming from incidents in the early 2000s.
Masterson’s initial court appearance was in June, and his protest was postponed several times since.
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Prosecutors have alleged that the 44-year-old Musterson, who has been in bondage since his June 17 arrest, raped a 23-year-old woman in 2001, a 28-year-old woman in April and a 23-year-old woman in 2003. Old woman between October and December 2003. All the alleged rapes took place at his Hollywood Hills home.
Masterson could face up to 45 years in prison if found guilty.
Mesreau, whose previous clients include Michael Jackson and Bill Cosby, said in court in June that the allegations were the result of unfair publicity from media outlets and political pressure to prosecute his client. The lawyer said his team would prove that Masterson is not guilty.
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Masterson’s arrest came after a three-year investigation that resulted in the prosecution of a famous Hollywood figure during the #MeToo era. Despite dozens of investigations, most have not made any allegations based on the lack of evidence or that much time has passed since the alleged sexual assaults.
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The alleged rape took place at the height of Masterson’s fame as he starred as Steven Hyde on the “That’s’ 70s show from 1998 to 2006.
The Associated Press contributed to this report