‘That ’70s Show’ Star Danny Masterson Denies Sexual Assault Allegations Being Investigated by LAPD

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UPDATED: The Los Angeles Police Department is conducting an ongoing investigation on sexual assault allegations against “That ’70s Show” star Danny Masterson, which the actor has vehemently denied.

According to journalist Tony Ortega, best known for his extensive reporting on the Church of Scientology, the Church allegedly covered up the allegations — stemming from the early 2000s. The LAPD didn’t comment on Scientology’s involvement with the investigation.

“The Los Angeles Police Department Robbery Homicide Division, Sexual Assault Section, is conducting an investigation involving the actor Danny Masterson,” reads a statement from the LAPD obtained by Variety on Friday. “Three women have come forward and disclosed that they were sexually assaulted by Masterson during the early 2000’s.”

Masterson denied the claims in a statement sent by his rep to Variety, saying the “false allegations appear to be motivated to boost Leah Remini’s anti-Scientology television series.” The accuser’s name has been redacted from the below statement.

“We are aware of [the alleged victim’s] 16-year-old allegations. It was only after [the alleged victim] was in contact with Leah Remini that she made allegations of sexual assault by Mr. Masterson. The alleged incident occurred in the middle of their six-year relationship, after which she continued to be his longtime girlfriend. Significantly, during their long relationship she made numerous inconsistent claims that she was previously raped by at least three other famous actors and musicians.

When Danny ended the relationship she continued to pursue him, even making threats to beat up his current wife Bijou Phillips unless she left him. In fact, we are informed by the Church that the only demand [the alleged victim] made of the Church after Danny broke up with her was asking for their help to intervene so the breakup would not be permanent.

We are aware also that approximately 14 years ago a woman referred to in the blog made allegations of sexual assault and that the LADP interviewed numerous witnesses and determined the claim had no merit. Based on reading the anti-Scientology blog that posted this story, these false allegations appear to be motivated to boost Leah Remini’s anti-Scientology television series since [the alleged victim] only came forward after connecting with Leah Remini.”

According to a police report obtained by Ortega, Masterson’s publicist, Jenni Weinman, who sent Variety the above statement, is listed as a witness to one of the sexual assaults.

Ortega reports that the women — Masterson’s fellow Scientology members — were pressured by the church not to report their accusations to the police. No charges were filed against the actor. The victims came forward after reaching out to Remini as a result of her A&E Scientology docu-series, “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.”

“I met with the LAPD. I met with Detective Reyes, and I told her these victims deserve to be heard,” Remini told Ortega’s Underground Bunker. “I pointed out to her that there was a framed picture of a Scientologist on their wall, actor Michael Peña. Do you know what that says to a young Scientologist who comes here to seek justice? My experience with the LAPD has not been good. I asked her to do the right thing by these girls, and I told her that the world is watching.”

Remini’s rep didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Masterson played Steven Hyde in the long-running Fox sitcom “That ’70s Show.” He currently stars opposite Ashton Kutcher, another “’70s Show” alum, in the Netflix comedy “The Ranch.” The 40-year-old is married to Bijou Phillips.

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  1. Scientology LRH says:

    The Scientology cult does not like that someone question their power and raw scare tactics. That is for sure. The earlier infiltrations of the justice and Government agencies is search-able under FBI Files L Ron Hubbard. And the Scientology practice of protecting their ideas to the costs of other hereby known.

    According the rape, we have to wait and see, but the monetary company who like to label them-self as a religion or the church of Scientology has at-least earlier been known to have a strong defense of the Scientologists and a highly aggressive front towards critics, that is not a secret. Rather twice the rape factors in of the victims if there are any (we simply have to wait and see)

  2. Hibernia86 says:

    Why are they hiding the names of the accusers? Why does Danny Masterson have to be judged by the public when anonymous accusers can hide from the spotlight? Shouldn’t the public get the whole story rather than just the one side?

  3. Jessica Smith says:

    I still can’t believe people are attacking scientologists this way. I agree it’s probably for the anti Scientology show. Respect the religious beliefs of others. I highly doubt he did anything and possibly saying he did so cause he’s a scientologist just isn’t cool.

  4. Taytum says:

    bijou phillips’ father was john phillips, who was accused of molesting his own daughter mackenzie. (i completely believe mackenzie, btw. bijou’s 1999 album had some really cryptic lyrics that made me think she was a victim of sexual abuse way before mackenzie ever said anything)

    i hope none of this is true. i really loved hyde on ‘that 70s show’.

  5. Felix says:

    So his wife gets sick and now hes a rapist sad world considering the story here as his ex was a stalker dont cancel the ranch because of this crap

    • Jon F. says:

      Phillips health problems were a cover up: they knew this one was coming. Typical OR move. Masterson was happily posting about concerts and answering silly posts on Instagram hours later the kidney problems news came out so she wasn’t really in any danger.

  6. CindyL says:

    He seems like a jerk but I’ll wait to see before jumping to a conclusion.

  7. Nanny Mo says:

    I hope it isn’t true. Willing to give him the benefit of the doubt until the trial.

  8. Steph says:

    While my heart goes out to the alleged victims, do keep in mind the it’s innocent until proven guilty. My fear is that the public treats the words of ex-Scientologist as the gospel. People believe everything they say without question, and if you do question it, you must be one of them. The problem is that that kind of power can be abused by someone who has some beef with a Scientologist. An ex-Scientologist can literally say the Travolta is a serial killer, and Cruise kills kittens at night, and drinks virgins blood, and the public will believe it without question. Stay neutral until we get more evidence. I know this cult is vile, but let’s not jump to conclusions.

    • Amber says:

      Steph you make a very good point. Anything said by those (rightfully) against Scientology including ex-scientologists getting prime time like Leah Remini is automatically taken as gospel by everyone, and that is a problem too.

      *Ps to any moderator that sees this, i mistakingly clicked report instead of reply on Steph’s comment. Please ignore that, sorry.

      • Barton Fink says:

        If former scientologists have the power to make statements that are universally believed in every instance, then he will be prosecuted and found guilty and jailed.

        Somehow I doubt your theory that former scientologists have such a total power to fabricate absolute belief in the mind of every person who hears their allegations. You seem to fear them a little too much.

        I seriously doubt that the entire world would believe someone claiming John Travolta is a serial killer.

    • Liza says:

      Excellent comment.

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