Well, Danny Masterson is finally facing criminal charges three years after rape accusations became publicly known — and 19 years after the first alleged assault — but don’t expect this to end quickly.
No, it sounds like the That ’70s Show star is planning on fighting this to the bitter end — which could mean serious prison time. Masterson was charged with three counts of rape by force or fear, and if convicted on all counts could be sentenced to up to 45 years in prison — probably the rest of the 44-year-old’s life.
But a source tells Us Weekly the actor doesn’t think things will go that way. Why? He has a plan.
The insider says:
“The defense Danny has is robust.”
Hmm. Is this going to be just endless attacks on the victims’ credibility, per typical abuse case styles of past? Or maybe producing tons of women who assure the jury Danny never raped them??
Based on this source’s next comments we’re putting our money on the former:
“And it should be pointed out the alleged victims are currently suing Danny for significant financial damages.”
Yep, there it is.
And the attacks may not wait for the courtroom if this person is anything to go by:
“It’s not a given that there will be a criminal trial. There are very strong grounds for the charges to be dismissed.”
Oof. Considering the accusers in this case have reported being stalked and harassed by Scientologists trying to protect their boy, this does not bode well for what comes next.
Whatever the defense, Masterson is apparently supremely confident in it. The source declares:
“Danny will not be accepting a plea deal, despite pressure he will get to take it. Period.”
This mirrors what Masterson’s criminal defense attorney, Tom Mesereau, said in his statement to the outlet after news of the arrest hit:
“Mr. Masterson is innocent, and we’re confident that he will be exonerated when all the evidence finally comes to light and witnesses have the opportunity to testify.”
We mean, that’s definitely what a defense lawyer says.
Meanwhile, Danny’s multiple accusers released their own statement to the outlet, saying:
“We are confident that the truth will be known and hope that the charges filed today are the first steps in this long journey of healing, justice and holding those that victimized us accountable.”
We guess we’ll see.
Masterson is currently out on bail; his arraignment hearing is scheduled for September 18.
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