Actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson, best known for his work on That 70's Show, was accused of rape by three women in March. Now, new reports indicate that a fourth woman had also come forward with allegations against Masterson.
The Huffington Post now claims that at least one of the women accusing Masterson had attempted to alert authorities but was thwarted by the Church of Scientology, who collected 50 affidavits from Scientologists who rejected the woman’s narrative of the event.
Scientologists regularly regard reporting incidents within the Church to police as a transgression worthy of excommunication.
Masterson continues to maintain his innocence. He has hired hired lawyer Thomas Mesereau (who has represented Bill Cosby) and Hollywood litigator Marty Singer (who has represented Brett Ratner) for his defense.
Internal police documents obtained by HuffPo describe the evidence against Masterson (which includes, audiotapes, emails, forensic computer evidence, and a threatening handwritten letter by Masterson) as "overwhelming." Despite this, the investigation and prosecution of Masterson appears to be inexplicably stalled.
Leah Remini, a former member and an outspoken critic of the Church of Scientology, mentioned the shady underpinnings behind the Masterson situation: “I met with the LAPD. I met with Detective Reyes, and I told her these victims deserve to be heard,” Remini says. “I pointed out to her that there was a framed picture of a Scientologist on their wall, actor Michael Peña. Do you know what that says to a young Scientologist who comes here to seek justice? My experience with the LAPD has not been good. I asked her to do the right thing by these girls, and I told her that the world is watching.”
While Netflix has already announced the discontinuiation of the show House of Cards following accusations against it's star Kevin Spacey, the future of their program The Ranch (in which Masterson appears) is less certain.
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