He played character Steven Hyde the sarcastic teen in long-running ‘That ’70s Show.’ And recently starred in Netflix’s ‘The Ranch’ until he was accused of assaulting several women.
Is Danny Masterson guilty of sexual misconduct? This case seems to be a little different than some of the others. While I applaud Netflix for taking action instantly, this is the only case where I question what happened.
The only reason for questioning Masterson’s accusers is that apparently this has been investigated twice and there wasn’t enough evidence to arrest.
“I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of The Ranch,” Masterson wrote in a statement. “From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one.”
Is Danny innocent, or did the system fail the three women the first two times?
In so many cases it is he says, she says. But, detectives and prosecutors are human too. They make mistakes. It should, at the very least, be investigated again. Maybe they missed something the first time. Perhaps now that three instead of just one has come forward, there will be more evidence.
I do not believe it’s something cooked up by Lisa Remini or producers of her show. Seriously, they have enough people coming forward about the abuse within that church to stay on the air for years! I don’t believe there is a campaign against Masterson because he belongs to that church.
If Masterson says he can prove he’s innocent, then he needs to do that. But to try to discredit the woman coming forward because of another tv show is ridiculous.
As with all women who come forward, I hope they receive the justice they deserve. If they are lying, then they should be prosecuted as well.
I hope the LAPD do a better, more intense investigation this time around so that the truth is told.