Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct allegations that some readers may find upsetting.
That '70s Show actor Danny Masterson has been charged with raping three women in separate incidents which occurred between 2001 and 2003.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has confirmed that Masterson is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman between January and December 2001.
He is further accused of raping a 28-year-old woman in April 2003 and a 23-year-old woman who he had invited to his home sometime between October and December of that year.
In a statement to Digital Spy, Masterson's lawyer Tom Mesereau said: "Mr Masterson is innocent, and we're confident that he will be exonerated when all the evidence finally comes to light and witnesses have the opportunity to testify.
"Obviously, Mr. Masterson and his wife are in complete shock considering that these nearly 20-year-old allegations are suddenly resulting in charges being filed, but they and their family are comforted knowing that ultimately the truth will come out. The people who know Mr Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false."
Masterson was arrested on Wednesday (June 17) and taken to jail. His bail is said to have been set at $3.3 million and his arraignment is scheduled for September 18.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office also notes that it "declined to file sexual assault charges against Masterson in two other cases, one for insufficient evidence and the other based upon the statute of limitations for the crime alleged".
If convicted, Masterson faces a possible maximum sentence of 45 years to life in prison.
In December 2017, Masterson was fired from Netflix series The Ranch following accusations of sexual assault by four women.
In a statement after being removed from the show, Masterson said: "From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one."
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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