Netflix has expelled Danny Masterson from the comedy The Ranch amid multiple accusations of badual badault against the actor.
"As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written to Danny Masterson of The Ranch ," the broadcast service said in a statement obtained by the Huffington Post. "Yesterday was his last day in the program, and production will resume in early 2018 without him."
"Obviously I am very disappointed with Netflix's decision to write my character at The Ranch ," Masterson said in a statement through his representative obtained by PEOPLE. "From the first day, I have denied the outrageous accusations against me, the police investigated these statements more than 15 years ago and found them groundless, I have never been charged with a crime, much less convicted by one. it is presumed innocent until proven otherwise, however, in the current climate, it seems that he is presumed guilty at the moment he is accused of it, and I understand and hope to clear my name once and for all. I express my gratitude to the cast and crew that I have worked so closely with over the past three seasons, I wish them nothing more than success, and I am also very grateful to the supporters who have supported me and continue to do so. "
According to The Hollywood Reporter Masterson, 41, will still appear in the second half of season 2, due to December 15, and could return for parts of the previously announced third season when the streaming giant he writes it outside of Ashton Kutcher's comedy.
Masterson's departure comes amid growing pressure on the claims of four women who have accused the actor of badual badault. That student of the 70s is currently being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department and the District Attorney of Los Angeles County. A representative of Masterson has previously denied accusations of badual badault.
The news of Masterson's dismissal comes a day after the Huffington Post reported that a Netflix executive unknowingly told one of Masterson's accusers on Sunday that the company's top brbad did not believe the allegations They are credible. Netflix confirmed on the way out that Andy Yeatman, its director of global content for children, made such "careless" and "uninformed" comments, but said he was initially unaware that the woman he was speaking with accused Masterson of rape.