In a pivotal development in the high-profile s-xual assault case against Danny Masterson, the actor has been dealt a significant legal setback. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine Olmedo made a decisive ruling, denying the 47-year-old actor bail and thereby affirming his continued incarceration.
This comes in the wake of Masterson's recent 30-year prison sentence on three counts of s-xual assault. The ruling, as detailed in a court order obtained by Deadline, underscores the gravity of Masterson's situation. Judge Olmedo expressed concerns about the possibility of the actor fleeing, considering the severity of his sentence and the current state of his personal life.
"Given that Mr. Masterson no longer has familial ties to return to, there's a heightened risk of flight," Judge Olmedo stated. "The court must consider the safety of the community and the severity of the charges."
Masterson's Legal and Personal Woes
This legal drama traces back to 2020, when Masterson was charged with the s-xual assault of three women in separate incidents.
The case, which has captured widespread media attention, culminated in May 2023 when the "That '70s Show" star was found guilty on two counts of rape. The conviction led to a substantial prison sentence handed down several months later in September 2023.
Compounding Masterson's challenges is his ongoing divorce from actress Bijou Phillips. The couple, who had been married for 12 years, began divorce proceedings shortly after Masterson's conviction, with Phillips citing "irreconcilable differences." This personal upheaval is seen as a contributing factor to the court's apprehension about granting bail, as it further diminishes Masterson's connections to the community.
As Masterson faces these formidable legal and personal hurdles, the case continues to be a focal point of public and media scrutiny. The court's decision not only reinforces the severity of the charges but also highlights the broader implications of high-profile legal battles in the entertainment industry.
With the appeal process underway, further developments are anticipated in this ongoing saga that has captured the attention of audiences nationwide.