Danny Masterson's Accusers Speak Out After Rape Charges Are Filed: "The Truth Will Be Known"
Danny Masterson's alleged victims have released a statement after rape charges against the actor were filed in court this week. Read it in full here.
Three women who accuse Danny Masterson of rape have spoken out one day after charges were filed in court.
The case will go to court after the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged Masterson with forcibly raping three alleged victims in separate incidents between 2001 and 2003.
The charges stem from a lawsuit launched by four women against Masterson and the Church of Scientology in August 2019. According to People, allegations in the lawsuit include stalking and intimidation after they made public the claims against Masterson. No charges have been filed against the church as of yet.
Danny Masterson's accusers release new statement
The alleged victims have now responded with a statement that thanks the D.A.'s office and insists that justice will be served. People reported the statement, which was provided by the women's attorneys on Thursday.
"Since we were victimized and raped by Danny Masterson—and knowing we are not the only victims—all we have wanted was justice, accountability, and truth," the statement began.
"Instead, we were subjected to continued harassment, embarrassment, and re-victimization by Masterson and the Church of Scientology, which has only worsened since they learned we were cooperating with authorities.
"We are thankful that the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office is finally seeking criminal justice against Masterson after a three-year investigation. 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."
Masterson, the former That '70s Show star, previously called the accusations "beyond ridiculous."
Danny Masterson denies rape allegations
On the day the charges were filed in court, Masterson's attorney released a statement to People once again denying the accusations.
"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," the attorney said.
"Obviously, Mr. Masterson and his wife are in complete shock considering that these nearly 20-year old allegations are suddenly resulting in charges being filed, but they and their family are comforted knowing that ultimately the truth will come out. The people who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false."
According to the D.A.'s office, charges were brought against Masterson, now 44 years old, on three out of five cases. Two sexual assault charges weren't pursued, one due to insufficient evidence and the other for surpassing the statute of limitations.
Arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 18.