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Danny Masterson gets 30 years in prison on rape charges

 September 8, 2023

Famed television actor Danny Masterson, 47, has just been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Masterson was found guilty of raping two women, and he was sentenced by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine Olmedo. Before announcing the sentence, Judge Olmedo addressed Masterson directly. She emphasized that although he had continuously claimed his innocence, he was not the victim. She stated that his actions 20 years ago were the reason for his present circumstances, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Painful testimony heard

Victims emotionally shared their traumatic experiences during the trial. Jane Doe #1 labeled Masterson as a "true coward and heartless monster." She disclosed her enduring fear of the dark and frequent emotional breakdowns due to the ordeal.

The victim narrated her traumatic experience, mentioning how she sometimes hides or screams for help.

She stressed that her life turned dark post the rape and lamented over the pain she had to undergo.

One of Masterson's victims pointed out that despite having been born into a family of Scientologists, she had not chosen to be raped by the actor, who was a fellow member of the controversial organization.

She revealed her pain and how the Church of Scientology tried to silence her.

The church's intimidation tactics were highlighted as she wished she had reported Masterson to the police sooner.

Defense and prosecution arguments

Masterson's attorney, Shawn Holley, pleaded for leniency.

Holley pushed for concurrent 15-year sentences, arguing it would be "fair and just." Conversely, Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller countered, insisting that a 30-year sentence was more appropriate.

Mueller pointed out that even after committing rape once, Masterson had ample time to reflect, but he chose to commit the crime again.

Trials and outcomes

The actor faced two trials. His first trial concluded in a mistrial due to a deadlocked jury.

Throughout both trials, Masterson was free on $3.3 million bail.

However, post his double conviction on May 31, he was incarcerated at Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles.

Victims address Masterson directly

Victims conveyed how Masterson's actions devastated their lives.

Another victim, Jane Doe #2, firmly stated her belief that the world is now safer with him behind bars.

She emphasized the mental and emotional damage she endured and asserted that Masterson's celebrity status within Scientology had shielded him.

Breaking her silence, she expressed her rage upon discovering that Masterson had victimized other women as well.

It was this discovery that prompted her to finally report him, despite the potential repercussions from the Church of Scientology.

Courage in the face of trauma

Jane Doe #2 shared her sentiments, focusing on how Masterson's actions robbed her of stability for decades.

Her once-promising acting career plummeted post the attack. Despite the trauma, she declared her forgiveness for Masterson at the trial's end.

The prosecutor highlighted the severe and long-lasting effects of rape on victims.

He dismissed the portrayal of Masterson as a model husband and father, pointing out that it didn't prevent him from committing these heinous acts.

Judge's additional orders

Besides the 30-year prison term, Judge Olmedo mandated that Masterson register as a sex offender upon his release.

Masterson's attorney, in seeking leniency, emphasized his previous clean criminal record and contributions to society.

Role of Scientology in the trial

Throughout the trials, Scientology's influence remained a significant undercurrent.

Witnesses testified that their delay in reporting Masterson was largely due to fears of retribution from the Church of Scientology.

Actress Leah Remini, a former Scientology member, lauded the sentencing as indicative of the church's waning influence.

She remarked on Masterson's delayed accountability, blaming Scientology's resources and leadership for having protected him.

Ongoing legal battles

Masterson's accusers, identified as Jane Does 1 through 3, are all former Scientologists.

They are also suing both Masterson and the Church of Scientology in civil court.

Their case alleges intimidation and harassment in the wake of their police reports, with a status hearing in the matter set for Sept. 26.

Conclusion

  • Actor Danny Masterson has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for raping two women.
  • Victims testified about their traumatic experiences and the lasting impact of Masterson's actions on their lives.
  • Despite Masterson's defense team seeking leniency and citing his clean record, the prosecution pushed for a 30-year sentence due to the severity of his crimes.
  • The Church of Scientology's influence was a recurrent theme, with victims highlighting their fears of reporting due to potential retribution from the church.
  • Actress Leah Remini criticized the church's role in delaying justice for Masterson's actions.
  • Masterson and the Church of Scientology currently face a civil suit filed by the victims.