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Danny Masterson has officially been found guilty of two counts of forcible rape (via Variety). The jury in the case came to the decision on May 31st, 2023 after several weeks of trial. According to the outlet, the jury only found him guilty of two of the three accusations of rape. In the third rape charge, the jury was at an 8-4 standstill, with the majority in favor of finding the “That 70’s Show” actor guilty. Although he hasn’t officially been sentenced, Masterson can potentially face 30 years or even life in prison.
According to NBC News, Masterson was handcuffed and taken away immediately following the announcement of the jury’s verdict. The actor’s family was left stunned as Masterson’s wife, Bijou Phillips, cried. Throughout it all, even during the mistrial, Masterson’s family stood by his side as they claimed the allegations to be false (per Page Six). In January 2021, Masterson’s lawyer shared, “Obviously, Mr. Masterson and his wife are in complete shock considering that these nearly 20-year-old allegations are suddenly resulting in charges being filed, but they and their family are comforted knowing that ultimately the truth will come out.” The truth did seem to finally come out, but it wasn’t in favor of Masterson, as he was found guilty. The actor’s reps have yet to comment on the situation, but Masterson will have to wait until a later date to find out how long he will be sentenced to prison.
If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN’s National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).