Danny Masterson was once sentenced on Thursday to 30 years in jail for raping two girls at his Los Angeles house within the early 2000s. Masterson, 47, selected to not talk throughout the listening to — he did not testify in both trial. Pass judgement on Charlaine Olmedo introduced her determination following emotional statements from his sufferers.
“Mr. Masterson, you aren’t the sufferer right here. Your movements twenty years in the past took away someone else’s selection and voice. Your movements twenty years in the past as of late have been felony, and that is the reason why you’re right here,” she declared in court docket, consistent with criminal journalist Meghann Cuniff.
Masterson confronted 30 years to existence in jail. Two of his sufferers gave emotional testimony in court docket ahead of Pass judgement on Olmedo passed down the stern sentence.
“You relish in hurting girls. It’s your habit. It’s with out query your favourite factor to do,” mentioned one of the most girls, recognized simplest as N. Trout, reported Cuniff. (In keeping with court docket process, the accusers’ names have been withheld from the lawsuits.)
“Existence is treasured and fragile. In finding your center,” Trout persevered. “Pay attention to the brightness of not anything and recover. I forgive you.”
Easiest recognized for enjoying Steven Hyde on That ’70s Display, the actor was once charged with forcibly raping 3 girls — N. Trout, Jennifer B. and Chrissy B — from 2001 to 2003. After a mistrial in 2022, prosecutors went again to court docket previous this yr, the place on Might 31, a 2d jury discovered Masterson to blame of sexually assaulting Jen B. and N. Trout. The panel was once deadlocked, then again, at the 3rd rely involving Chrissy B, the actor’s longtime female friend.
Prosecutors learn a written remark from Chrissy whilst Jennifer spoke in court docket. Jennifer mentioned the LAPD’s years-long investigation into Masterson “wasn’t simple,” and referred to as out the Church of Scientology for alleged interference.
“It is been full of makes an attempt to silence us all, to intimidate us or even hinder,” she mentioned, consistent with Cuniff. Jennifer famous how Masterson should face penalties as he is in a “actual court docket,” now not Scientology’s notorious “Famous person Centre” in Hollywood, Calif.
The Church of Scientology loomed huge over the lawsuits and each trials. Masterson was once safe via the church, consistent with his 3 accusers, all of whom have been former Scientologists. The ladies claimed they have been burdened and threatened via church officers after coming ahead to government, accusations refuted via the church, which claimed it was once being falsely and unfairly attacked via prosecutors.
Leah Remini, who’s suing the church and its chief, David Miscavige, was once in attendance at Thursday’s sentencing. The actress infamously left Scientology in 2013 and has been one of the most group’s maximum outspoken critics. Masterson’s criminal workforce accused Remini of falsely convincing the 3 girls to accuse the actor of rape, which she has denied.
“Sorry, Leah’s now not in the back of this,” Jennifer declared in court docket.
In any case, the ladies’s robust statements helped punctuate a case six years within the making and put Masterson in the back of bars for many years to return.