Two women who have accused actor Danny Masterson of rape ripped into Netflix over its handling of “The Ranch,” on which Masterson has been a co-star and producer.
The streamer released a batch of new episodes today. “The episodes will be the last to feature Masterson’s character Jameson ‘Rooster’ Bennett, who’s been written off the show after the actor was fired in December,” The New York Post’s Page Six reports.
But Masterson’s exit from the show didn’t come soon enough, according to Chrissie Carnell Bixler, who wrote in a statement to The Daily Beast: “We get it, Netflix. You don’t believe us. You rub salt in our wounds. Is Danny Masterson still co-executive producer of ‘The Ranch’? You knew you had to fire him, but you do a bunch of reshoots so you can finish our rapist’s storyline up and give him a respectable send-off. And there he is on TV in the new season.”
“Bixler made clear she doesn’t understand why Masterson, 42, was given the chance to leave the show on his own terms, while other men who’ve been accused of sexual misconduct have been dealt with more harshly,” The Post notes. “She specifically brought up Kevin Spacey, whom Netflix cut ties with shortly after he was accused of sexual harassment and assault last fall.”
Bixler wrote in the statement: “Kevin Spacey? Fired on the spot. Production halted,” a reference to the shakeup on “House of Cards” over Spacey’s situation.
“It’s a stance echoed by Masterson’s ex-girlfriend Bobette Riales, who came forward in December to accuse the actor of repeatedly raping her during their relationship,” The Post reports.
Riales told The Daily Beast: “For Netflix to have taken such stern reaction and action regarding Kevin or Louis [C.K.] and then also firing Danny as well … Why now are they … airing shows after he was already fired?”