“That ’70s Present” actor Danny Masterson has been charged with the rapes of three girls within the early 2000s, Los Angeles prosecutors stated Wednesday.
The three counts of rape by pressure or concern come after a three-year investigation of the 44-year-old Masterson. The costs had been filed and an arrest warrant issued Tuesday. Masterson was taken into custody late Wednesday morning, jail information confirmed. He was being held on $3.Three million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 18.
Masterson’s legal professional Tom Mesereau stated his consumer is harmless, and “we’re assured that he will probably be exonerated when all of the proof lastly involves gentle and witnesses have the chance to testify.”
Prosecutors allege that Masterson raped a 23-year-old girl someday in 2001, a 28-year-old girl in April of 2003, and a 23-year-old girl he had invited to his Hollywood Hills dwelling between October and December of 2003.
If convicted, he may resist 45 years in jail.
Prosecutors declined to file prices in two different Masterson circumstances that police had investigated, one due to inadequate proof and the opposite as a result of the statute of limitations had expired.
Masterson has been married to actor and mannequin Bijou Phillips since 2011.
“Clearly, Mr. Masterson and his spouse are in full shock contemplating that these almost 20-year outdated allegations are out of the blue leading to prices being filed, however they and their household are comforted realizing that finally the reality will come out,” stated Mesereau, who has beforehand represented Michael Jackson and Invoice Cosby of their trials for sexual crimes.
“The individuals who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false.”
AP Tv Author Lynn Elber contributed to this report.
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