Last month, Lori Loughlin finally came to her senses and pleaded guilty in regards to her involvement in the college admissions bribery scandal, after months of believing she could successfully beat the charges against her. Well, I guess that also meant there was an opening for “B-list actor that really thinks they’ve got a chance to win in court,” and it looks like Danny Masterson has enthusiastically stepped in to fill that spot.
Danny Masterson, of That 70’s Show, a long-term friendship with Ashton Kutcher, and not much else, was charged with three counts of rape by force or fear, in Los Angeles two days ago for allegedly raping three women between 2001 and 2003. If convicted, he faces 45 years to life in prison.
Danny is a Scientologist and all three victims have ties to Scientology in one way or another. And all three have alleged that their original complaints or police reports were corrupted by Scientology. There appears to be quite a bit of evidence that Danny did something bad and that Scientology tried to cover it up. At the very least, there’s bound to be a whole lot of unflattering character statements.
Even former Scientologist-turned-Scientology Truth Warrior Leah Remini thinks Danny might be fucked. But according to a source who spoke with Us Weekly, Danny’s legal team will never, ever, not in a billion intergalactic space years, accept a plea deal.
“Danny will not be accepting a plea deal, despite pressure he will get to take it. Period. It’s not a given that there will be a criminal trial. There are very strong grounds for the charges to be dismissed.”
So what’s his plan? It would appear that he will take a page out of the playbook of every famous dude who has ever been accused of grossness (Alleged Assaulter Misdirection 101) by painting his accusers as money-hungry fraudsters.
“The defense Danny has is robust. And it should be pointed out the alleged victims are currently suing Danny for significant financial damages.”
According to Danny’s accusers, who released the following statement to People magazine, all they want is to see him be held accountable for his actions.
“Since we were victimized and raped by Danny Masterson – and knowing we are not the only victims – all we have wanted was justice, accountability, and truth. Instead, we were subjected to continued harassment, embarrassment, and re-victimization by Masterson and the Church of Scientology, which has only worsened since they learned we were cooperating with authorities. We are thankful that the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office is finally seeking criminal justice against Masterson after a three-year investigation. We are confident that the truth will be known and hope that the charges filed today are the first steps in this long journey of healing, justice, and holding those that victimized us accountable.”
And we can’t really get an update from Danny’s wife, Bijou Phillips, regarding what she thinks of all of this, because she’s deleted her Instagram account.
I know Danny has the best Scientology-approved lawyers that his remaining residuals from The Ranch can buy. But he’s really got to reconsider some of the language that’s being used here. It’s questionable. Like, that he has a “robust” defense strategy. I’d usually only use “robust” to describe a particularly zesty pasta sauce. I’ve never seen it applied to the master legal plan of a dude who has been accused of multiple rapes.