Danny Masterson Sentenced to Over 25 Years in California Prison for Rape

Legal Drama Unfolds for 'That '70s Show' Star.

by Nouman Rasool
Danny Masterson Sentenced to Over 25 Years in California Prison for Rape
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Danny Masterson, renowned for his role in "That '70s Show," has been handed a life-altering sentence. After being found guilty of two counts of rape, the 47-year-old actor has been sentenced to 30 years to life in prison. This consequential decision comes after months of courtroom proceedings and deliberations.

Masterson's harrowing ordeal began in May when he was convicted of molesting two women in his Los Angeles residence back in 2003. The severity of his actions led to a stern sentence of 30 years to life in prison. Consequently, his life has taken a dramatic turn, with his wife, actor Bijou Phillips, filing for divorce shortly after their 12-year marriage.

Masterson's Prison Admission

On Wednesday, authorities confirmed that Masterson has been admitted to North Kern State Prison in California. A compelling visual of his new reality was released in the form of his first prison mug shot.

In this stark image, Masterson is clad in standard orange prison attire, sporting long hair and a beard, embodying the sobering consequences of his actions. This dramatic turn of events is set to have a profound impact on Masterson's life, as he will not be eligible for parole for over 25 years.

Undeterred, his legal team has expressed their intention to appeal his conviction, ensuring that this case will continue to capture the public's attention. During his sentencing, one of Masterson's accusers, identified as N.T., read a powerful victim-impact statement.

She bravely revealed the actor's hidden penchant for harming women and denounced his double life. Despite the pain he inflicted upon her, she expressed forgiveness for Masterson, underscoring her desire for a safer world with him behind bars.

Notably, all three women who accused Masterson of rape were former members of the Church of Scientology, where Masterson himself is a second-generation member. Their allegations of abuse highlight the contentious relationship between Masterson, the Church of Scientology, and his victims.

A separate civil lawsuit against Masterson and the Church of Scientology is slated to proceed in 2025, following the conclusion of the criminal case. Danny Masterson's fall from grace serves as a stark reminder of the enduring pursuit of justice and accountability, even in the world of entertainment.

His prison sentence underscores the gravity of his crimes and the commitment of the legal system to protect victims and hold perpetrators accountable.

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