“Actor Danny Masterson has been ousted from the Netflix show “The Ranch” amid multiple rape allegations, the streaming service [has] announced,’ reports HuffPost.
The story continues, “Four women have accused Masterson of violently raping them in the early 2000s. Masterson has been under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for just under a year.”
In a statement given to HuffPost by his attorney, Masterson said, “I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of ‘The Ranch.’ From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. 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. I understand and look forward to clearing my name once and for all.”
Masterson says the sexual encounters were consensual.
Writes The Hollywood Reporter, “‘As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of ‘The Ranch.’ [Monday] was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him,’ Netflix said in a statement.”
The Reporter also notes that “The Ranch” “marked a reunion for [Ashton] Kutcher and Masterson, who both started out on ‘That ’70s Show.’ Masterson played a character known as Hyde in that series.
USA Today reports in its story that “Masterson, who has identified himself as a practicing Scientologist, said in the statement that he believes the ‘false allegations’ are an attempt to boost a television series featuring former members of the Church of Scientology. He says one of the women only came forward after speaking with one of the show’s producers.”