Danny Masterson’s rape case has taken a turn, with a lawyer for the actor claiming that members of the police leaked information related to the case.
A hearing was reportedly held on Wednesday in Masterson’s criminal case, where his lawyer, Tom Mesereau, alleged to the judge: “This is a high-profile case and we believe that information has been leaked to the press.”
The Daily Mail reports that Mesereau suggested the leaks may have come from the police or the Los Angeles district attorney’s office. Los Angeles Assistant District Attorney Reinhold Mueller denied the claim.
“People wholeheartedly oppose the leak suggestions. There is no evidence to back that up,” Mueller allegedly responded.
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Mesereau and the LA DA office did not immediately respond to Fox News requests for comment. Masterson did not appear in court for Wednesday’s hearing.
Masterson faces three counts of rape by force or fear, stemming from incidents that allegedly occurred in the early 2000s. In January, the actor pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Prosecutors have alleged that Masterson, 44, who has been free on bail since his arrest on June 17, raped a 23-year-old woman sometime in 2001, a 28-year-old woman in April 2003, and a 23-year-old woman. elderly between October and December 2003. All the alleged rapes occurred at her Hollywood Hills home.
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Mesereau, whose previous clients included Michael Jackson and Bill Cosby, said in court last June that the charges were the result of unfair media hype and political pressure to prosecute his client. The attorney said his team would prove Masterson not guilty.
Masterson could face up to 45 years in prison if convicted.
His arrest came after a three-year investigation that resulted in the rare prosecution of a famous Hollywood figure in the #MeToo era. Despite dozens of investigations, most have not led to charges for lack of evidence or for too long having passed since the alleged sexual assaults.
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The alleged rapes occurred at the height of Masterson’s fame when he played Steven Hyde on “That ’70s Show” from 1998 to 2006.
Associated Press contributed to this report.