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Netflix Parts Ways With Actor Danny Masterston Following Sexual Assault Allegations

6 Dec, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel


Danny Masterson


Netflix fired actor Danny Masterson (“That ’70s Show”) from original series “The Ranch,” following multiple allegations of sexual assault.

In a statement to multiple media outlets, Netflix said it had written Masterson out of the series following ongoing discussions with the show’s producers.

“Yesterday [Dec. 5] was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him,” said the SVOD pioneer. The fourth season of "The Ranch" is slated to be released through the streaming service Dec. 15.

Masterson’s dismissal follows Netflix's firing in November of “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey in response to allegations of inappropriate behavior, including one more than 30 years ago.

Spacey, who apologized for the alleged incident in the ’80s involving “Star Trek: Discovery” actor Anthony Rapp, also saw his Gore Vidal biopic shelved by Netflix. “Cards” will resume shooting its sixth and final season next year with Robin Wright in the lead.

Several women, including a former girlfriend, alleged Masterson raped them in the early 2000s. Despite an ongoing investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, no charges have been filed, according to The New York Times.

In a statement, Masterston decried the allegations.

“Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit,” said the actor. “I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused.”

Separately, Time Magazine Dec. 6 named the surge of sexual harassment accusers — The Silence Breakers — its “Person of the Year.”

 


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