Danny Masterson rape case declared a mistrial

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Danny Masterson rape case declared a mistrial

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Andy Tillett

November 30, 2022 6:53pm 

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A judge declared a mistrial in the Danny Masterson rape case Wednesday, as the jury could not reach a decision on whether the actor was innocent or guilty.

Masterson, 46, had been charged with three counts of forcible rape over incidents that occurred between 2001 to 2003 involving three accusers.

During the five-week trial, jurors heard testimony including one woman who said she thought she was “going to die” when she claimed the former “That ’70s Show” star choked and raped her in April 2003.

Following the mistrial, prosecutors must now make a decision on whether to retry Masterson, a decision they have to reach by March 2023.

Although Scientology was not a defendant in the trial, the victims — who were members of the religion at the time of the incidents — testified about the fear and alienation they felt about reporting Masterson, a prominent member of the Church.

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The alleged victims also claimed the religious practices they followed at the time didn’t allow them to think the incidents were rape.

EXCLUSIVE: Danny Masterson arrives to court with his wife Bijou Phillips this morning in downtown LA. The actor's sexual assault trial is currently in the jury deliberation stage.
Danny Masterson arrives at court with his wife Bijou Phillips in LA on Nov. 30, 2022.

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