Danny Masterson Sentenced to 30 Years to Life Following Rape Conviction

In a landmark decision, actor Danny Masterson was handed a 30 years to life prison sentence this Thursday, following his conviction on two counts of rape

by Faruk Imamovic
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Danny Masterson Sentenced to 30 Years to Life Following Rape Conviction
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In a landmark decision, actor Danny Masterson was handed a 30 years to life prison sentence this Thursday, following his conviction on two counts of rape. The conviction took place in a Los Angeles courtroom in June, as stated by Deputy D.A.

Reinhold Mueller of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

Details of the Case

Danny Masterson, best known for his portrayal of Steven Hyde on the hit series “That ’70s Show,” faced charges relating to raping three women at his residence in incidents that spanned between 2001 and 2003.

The 47-year-old actor had entered a not guilty plea. Of the three counts of rape, he was found guilty on two, with the jury remaining undecided on the third count. The sentence pronounced on Thursday is the outcome of the second trial related to the case.

Proceedings for this trial commenced on April 24 and concluded with the jury deliberations on May 17. A robust legal team comprising defense attorneys Shawn Holley and Philip Cohen represented Masterson, while Deputy D.A. Ariel Anson collaborated with Deputy D.A.

Mueller in prosecuting the case. In the wake of the sentencing, attorney Alison Anderson, who represented two of the three accusers, released a statement. She lauded her clients for their immense "strength and bravery" in both approaching law enforcement with their allegations and in enduring the hardships of two exhaustive criminal trials.

A Star's Fall from Grace

A significant aspect of the case's notoriety stems from Masterson's high-profile acting career. His role as Steven Hyde on “That ’70s Show” remains his most recognized work. The show, which broadcasted on Fox between 1998 and 2006, ran for a total of eight seasons.

It boasted a star-studded cast, including Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon, Topher Grace, and Wilmer Valderrama. This sentencing stands as a stark reminder that regardless of celebrity status, the legal system will hold individuals accountable for their actions.

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