The actor Danny Mastersonrecognized by the popular sitcom “That 70s Show”was sentenced to between 30 years and life in prison for multiple rapes.
The actor was present in court today for the sentencing of the Los Angeles Superior Court judge, Charlaine Olmedo. When allowed to address the court, Masterson decided not to speak Thursday, although he spoke with the defense attorney. Phillip Cohen just before the sentencing began.
The sentence comes more than three months after Masterson was found guilty by a Los Angeles jury of two of three counts of sexual assault. The rapes occurred two decades ago. Masterson received 150 days credit for time already served. He was also notified that he can file a notice of appeal within 60 days from today, a move the defense is expected to take quickly.
The case, according to the specialized portal Varietyput the Church of Scientology at the center of the debate, to which both the victims and the convicted man and other members who intervened so that the case did not prosper in Justice belonged.
In the final arguments, the prosecutor Ariel Anson argued that Masterson had taken advantage of his position as a “member” of the church to rape the victims after having “drugged” them without fear of repercussions: “Like all predators, the defendant carefully searched for his prey,” he argued.
And I add: “The church taught its victims that rape is not rape, that you cause this and, above all, you cannot go to the police. What better hunting ground? For Scientology, the accused is a celebrity and is untouchable” .
The defendant’s defense, for its part, argued that the prosecution invoked Scientology to distract attention from alleged inconsistencies in the victims’ testimonies.