Following a series of accusations and exposés leveled at multiple powerful men in the field of entertainment, “That ’70s Show” star Danny Masterson may be undergoing renewed scrutiny for allegedly raping four women.
The charges against Masterson, 41, come from currently unnamed women whose claims date back to the 2000s. Even before the exposés covering Harvey Weinstein’s reputed pattern of sexual abuse surfaced, these accusations were under investigation by Los Angeles authorities. However, in this rapidly shifting media atmosphere, a report on the progress of those investigations written by Yashar Ali and published on HuffPost may see Masterson facing increased scrutiny.
According to Ali, “A monthslong investigation into multiple allegations of rape against actor Danny Masterson has inexplicably stalled, despite the Los Angeles County district attorney having compelling evidence in the case, multiple sources told HuffPost.”
Ali’s sources “inside and outside the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office” remain anonymous, but reportedly tell him that the evidence against Masterson includes “audiotapes, emails sent to and from [The Church of] Scientology officers at the time the alleged rapes happened, forensic computer evidence and a threatening handwritten letter Masterson sent to one of the alleged victims, according to two people with knowledge of the evidence in the district attorney’s possession.”
In Ali’s words, “Masterson is a longtime member of the Church of Scientology, an organization that has a history of covering up allegations of misconduct leveled against the organization and its members. At least three of the women who have accused him of rape were also Scientologists and reported the incidents to the Church of Scientology at the time.”