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Actor Danny Masterson drugged and raped women


Actor Danny Masterson drugged and raped women


Actor Danny Masterson is accused of drugging and raping three women at his Hollywood home between 2001 and 2003, according to a prosecutor.

The trial marks the second time the star of “That ’70s Show” has been in court after the first ended in a mistrial when the jury deadlocked on all three counts.

Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller said that Masterson drugged his longtime girlfriend and two women he knew through friend circles around the Church of Scientology.

The defense denies the allegations.

The prosecution claimed that Masterson put substances into drinks given to the women before raping them.

The evidence will show that the women were drugged.

The first trial did not have direct discussion of drugging, which led to a mistrial.

Judge Charlaine F.

Olmedo is allowing the direct assertion at the second trial.

Attorneys for both sides acknowledged that there is no forensic evidence of any substances that Masterson may have given the women because the police investigation began 15 years after the events.

However, Mueller said he would call an analyst from the police toxicology unit who would explain how some of the most common drug-facilitated s**ual assaults work and what side effects look like.

Masterson’s attorney, Philip Cohen, responded by stating that there is no toxicology report, urine, blood work, or DNA.

He also expected testimony this time would show that one of the women Masterson is charged with raping watched him make the allegedly drugged drink her gave her.

Cohen told jurors that another woman made no mention of drugging at the time and only mentioned it years later after the investigation began.

Cohen also said that similarities between the women’s stories came from them talking to each other and “cross-pollinating” the details of their accounts, something they did multiple times even after the detective in the case warned them that such communication could taint the case against Masterson.

Masterson is a prominent member of the Church of Scientology, and all three women are former members.

Mueller told jurors that the women did not immediately go to authorities because they were told not to by officials in the Church of Scientology, and they were told what happened to them was not rape.

In another difference from the first trial, Olmedo is allowing expert witnesses to testify on those policies.

Cohen said that prosecution expert Claire Headley, a former member of the church’s leadership group, is someone who works “to rid the world of Scientology, rid people of Scientology,” and told jurors they were going to “hear tremendous bias” in her testimony.

The expert on the defense witness list is her father-in-law, a current high-level Scientologist.

Former Scientologist, actor Leah Remini, sat in the front row of the courtroom in support of Masterson’s accusers.

Masterson, who has been free on bail since his 2020 arrest, sat at the defense table, with a large coterie of supporters behind him, many if not all church members, who also sat through his first trial.

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