Ashton Kutcher has finally addressed former co-star, Danny Masterson’s, rape allegation. The two worked together in ‘That 70s Show and Netflix’s The Ranch. Masterson was arrested and charged of three counts of rape by force or fear with three different women in 2020.
Kutcher shared about his co-star in Esquire, published in January 31, “I wholesale feel for anybody who feels like they were violated in any way.” He added he wants him “to be found innocent of the charges brought against him.”
The 44-year-old actor noted that Masterson served as his mentor when he was starting in Hollywood. He continued, “Ultimately, I can’t know. I’m not the judge. I’m not the jury. I’m not the DA. I’m not the victim. And I’m not the accused. And so, in that case, I don’t have a space to comment. I just don’t know.”
After Masterson was arrested, his lawyer mentioned they were confident that he’ll be exonerated when they present the evidence and the witnesses share their testimony
According to the Associated Press, Masterson was a member of the Church of Scientology while his accusers were former members of the said church. Based on a preliminary hearing held in May 2021, the outlet reported that one of his accusers testified that decided not to file a report with the police because of her and the actor’s close ties to their church.
Meanwhile, the 46-year-old pleaded not guilty in January 2021 to all the charges against him. In November 2022, his case was declared a mistrial. The jury didn’t have collective decisions regarding the three charges against him.
On November 30, 2022, two of the plaintiffs and one of the plaintiff’s husband, issued a joint statement to E! News that read, “We are obviously disappointed that, at least for the time being, Daniel Masterson has evaded criminal accountability for his deplorable acts. However, we are collectively resolved to continue our fight for justice, including in civil court, where we have alleged that Mr.Masterson, along with the Church of Scientology, its leader David Miscavige, and others conspired to systematically stalk, harass, and intimidate us when we sought to shed light on Mr.Masterson’s actions. This legal fight is far from over.”
On the other hand, the L.A. Country District Attorney’s Office shared a statement to E! News on November 20 last year saying, “We also want to give our heartfelt appreciation to the victims for bravely stepping forward and recounting their harrowing experiences. We also are thankful for the hard work of the prosecution team and we will now consider our next steps as it relates to prosecuting this case.”
The new trial date is on March 27, 2023.