One day after a HuffPost report revealed that actor Danny Masterson is the topic of a felony investigation into allegations of rape by 4 girls, Netflix, which produces and airs this system he co-stars on, “The Ranch,” has advised HuffPost it isn’t taking any motion in opposition to him.
“We are aware of the allegations and the subsequent investigation, and will respond if developments occur,” a Netflix spokesman mentioned in a press release emailed to HuffPost.
Four girls have accused Masterson of violently raping them within the early 2000s. One yr in the past, the Los Angeles Police Department opened an investigation into the claims and located the proof compelling sufficient to refer the case to the Los Angeles County district legal professional. The investigation has been overseen by one of many high prosecutors within the workplace, Reinhold Mueller.
One of Masterson’s accusers initially filed an LAPD report in 2004 saying that she was raped in 2003 whereas she was “pbaded out” and that, when she awoke and realized Masterson was raping her, she struggled with him till he choked her and she or he handed out once more. The case was not referred to the district legal professional on the time after greater than 50 members of the Church of Scientology, which each Masterson and his accuser belonged to, submitted affidavits to the LAPD denying the girl’s account. The tactic is a standard one for the group, which is thought for utilizing worry and intimidation to be able to silence anybody perceived as attacking Scientology.
Two of Masterson’s accusers initially reported being raped on to the Church of Scientology. Scientology guidelines say that members of the church must not ever report a Scientologist to legislation enforcement. The punishment could be rapid expulsion from the church, which would come with household and pals being ordered to not affiliate with or communicate to the banished member.
HuffPost was the primary to disclose that there’s a fourth accuser who has been interviewed by the district legal professional’s workplace. Additional details about that accuser is just not accessible.
The proof that the district legal professional has ambaded as a part of this case has been described as “compelling” and “overwhelming” by a number of sources and contains audiotapes, emails despatched to and from Scientology officers on the time the alleged rapes occurred, forensic laptop proof and a threatening handwritten letter Masterson despatched to one of many alleged victims.
HuffPost was the first to report that there have been issues within the district legal professional’s workplace that the investigation had inexplicably stalled regardless of the substantial proof.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has declined to touch upon the case.
Netflix introduced that “The Ranch: Part 4” would premiere on its web site in December. The firm made the announcement on Oct. 17, seven months after information of the LAPD investigation was made public by journalist Tony Ortega and subsequently reported by a number of information retailers.
According to a supply accustomed to “The Ranch” manufacturing schedule, Masterson and co-star Ashton Kutcher are within the strategy of filming Part 5 of “The Ranch.”
Two days after a BuzzFeed report that detailed a badual misconduct allegation in opposition to actor and producer Kevin Spacey by actor Anthony Rapp, Netflix suspended filming of Spacey’s “House of Cards” collection. It’s unclear why it hasn’t made the same choice when Masterson is the topic of a years-long legislation enforcement investigation involving 4 allegations of rape.
A Netflix spokesman has not instantly replied to follow-up questions despatched after its badertion about not taking motion in opposition to Masterson.
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