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Danny Masterson sentenced 30 years prison

"That '70s Show' actor Danny Masterson sentenced to 30 years in prison for rape charges. Case involves Me Too movement and Church of Scientology."

Danny Masterson, the actor famous for his role as Steven Hyde in That '70s Show, has been handed a 30-year prison sentence after being convicted of rape charges. The sentencing comes after Masterson was found guilty on two counts of forcible rape that occurred at his Hollywood Hills home in 2003. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a third count from 2001, although they did vote in favor of conviction. The actor received his sentence in a court located in downtown Los Angeles.

During the sentencing, Judge Charlaine Olmedo made it clear that Masterson was not the victim in this case. She stated, "Mr. Masterson, you are not the victim here. Your actions 20 years ago took away someone else's voice and choice. Your actions 20 years ago were criminal and that is why you are here." Masterson has been given a sentence of 15 years to life in prison for each charge, which will be served consecutively.

This marks the end of a chapter that began in 2017 when three women came forward to accuse Danny Masterson of sexual assault. One of the accusers is Chrissie Carnell, the wife of the lead singer of The Mars Volta, who revealed that the actor had constantly humiliated and spit on her. Carnell bravely shared that Masterson raped her in November 2021, a claim that was supported by Cedric Bixler-Zavala.

The significance of this case extends beyond the Me Too movement as it also involves the Church of Scientology. Masterson is a well-known member of the religious organization, which not only supported him but also engaged in efforts to intimidate the victims. In 2019, four women filed lawsuits against the actor and the church, alleging harassment after reporting the rapes. The lawsuits even included the disturbing claim that two pets were killed through poisoning. Cedric Bixler-Zavala accused Masterson and the Church of Scientology of poisoning his dogs, stating, "This is the second dog we've had to put down due to harassment from private investigators and Scientologists." Bixler-Zavala is the lead singer of The Mars Volta and At the Drive-In.

Despite the involvement of the Church of Scientology, Masterson's attorneys attempted to downplay their actions, arguing that the organization was not on trial. They also highlighted Masterson's exemplary life and described him as an extraordinary father. However, the jury's decision reflects the serious nature of the crimes committed by Masterson, emphasizing that his actions from two decades ago have had a lasting impact on the victims.

The sentencing of Danny Masterson serves as a significant moment in the fight against sexual assault and abuse. It sends a powerful message that no one, regardless of their fame or influence, is above the law. The victims have finally been heard, and justice has been served.

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