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 December 29, 2023

'That 70s Show' Star Danny Masterson sentenced to prison over rape conviction

Actor Danny Masterson, known for his role in "That '70s Show," has been transferred to North Kern State Prison in California to commence his sentence for two rape convictions, according to authorities.

The 47-year-old Masterson, seen in his first prison mug shot wearing orange attire with long hair and a beard, was convicted in June for raping two women in his Los Angeles home in 2003.

The sentence

In September, a judge sentenced him to 30 years to life in prison.

"In June, Masterson was convicted of raping two women in his Los Angeles home in 2003. In September, a judge sentenced him to 30 years to life in prison," according to a report on his sentencing by the Associated Press.

During the intervening months between the conviction and his recent prison transfer, Masterson was held in Los Angeles County jail.

Various post-sentencing hearings were conducted, addressing issues such as the relinquishment of all firearms owned by Masterson, some of which needed to be located.

The appeal

The decision to appeal the conviction by Masterson's legal team indicates that the case may continue to be a focal point of discussions around due process and the challenges survivors face when pursuing justice.

The appeal process will likely be closely monitored, with potential implications for future cases involving allegations of sexual assault.

The divorce filing by Bijou Phillips, Masterson's spouse of nearly 12 years, following the sentencing reflects the personal toll such legal battles can have on individuals and their relationships.

The impact

The case serves as a reminder of the broader societal shift towards holding individuals accountable for their actions, irrespective of their public profile.

The sentencing includes two consecutive 15-year terms for the rape convictions against two women. Additionally, he is required to register as a sex offender. The verdict marks a significant legal outcome following allegations of sexual assault, shedding light on issues of accountability within the entertainment industry.

A mistrial was declared for the third count involving Jane Doe No. 3, and prosecutors have decided not to pursue a retrial on the rape charge. This development highlights the complexities and legal intricacies involved in cases of sexual assault.

Deemed a potential flight risk, Masterson was taken into custody immediately after the verdict. His previous detention at the Los Angeles County jail has now transitioned into a state prison sentence. The decision to remand him underscores the seriousness of the charges and the court's assessment of potential flight risks.

Shawn Holley, Masterson's attorney, has expressed confidence in overturning the convictions. Holley's anticipation of a legal challenge suggests that the legal proceedings may continue, adding another layer to the complexity of the case.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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