Netflix Cuts Ties With Danny Masterson Following Rape Allegations

From TIME - December 5, 2017

Netflix announced Tuesday that it is ending its relationship with The Ranch star Danny Masterson following multiple allegations of sexual assault against him, HuffPost reported.

Four women allege that the former That 70s Show star raped them in the early 2000s. In March, People reported that the Los Angeles Police Department was investigating the allegations against Masterson, who does not currently face charges. Masterson has denied the allegations.

As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch. Yesterday was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him, a Netflix spokesman said, according to HuffPost.

In a statement, Masterson said he was obviously very disappointed in Netflixs decision to write my character off of The Ranch.

From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty, Masterson said. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused. I understand and look forward to clearing my name once and for all. In the meantime, I want to express my gratitude to the cast and crew that Ive worked so closely with over the past three seasons. I wish them nothing but success. I am also so thankful to the fans that have supported me and continue to do so.


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