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Danny Masterson Suffers Consequences Following Rape Allegations

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Anna Kim, Staff Writer

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  Danny Masterson, an American actor widely known for his role as Steven Hyde on That ’70s Show, was accused of raping four women in the early 2000s. After the four victims spoke up against his past, Netflix made the final decision to fire him from their TV show, The Ranch.

  While news of his rape accusations just recently got out, the issue began fifteen years ago. The Los Angeles Police Department had looked through the case but later dropped it, saying it was not credible. Masterson has denied the accusations made against him.

  An opposer of sexual abuse, Max Kim (11), said, “Rape is an ongoing issue in society and some people just do not think of it as a huge problem that mentally affects people. It seems unreasonable as to why the police would dismiss the case, but I am not surprised that they did.”

  Three of the four women claimed they could not say anything because he was a part of the Church of Scientology. While the church claimed it had no knowledge of Masterson’s controversial past, people connected with the church said otherwise. According to church insiders, the church covers up misdeeds of its most prominent members in order to protect the church and their image.

  In one incident, when a victim went to the police about Masterson, the church came in and gave them multiple statements proving Masterson innocent. The statements were confirmed by church members in order to protect him.

  Following the rape incident, Netflix fired Masterson. Masterson expressed his disappointment in Netflix’s decision.

  In a statement following his termination with Netflix, Masterson stated, “In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused.”

  During a soccer game for children in Los Angeles, Netflix executive Andy Yeatman told one of the women there that the company did not believe the allegations made against Masterson. The women he was talking to later revealed that she was one of Masterson’s victims. He was later fired for what he said to the victim.

  A tenth grader at West High, who asked remain anonymous, expressed mixed emotions on Yeatman. She said, “I do not think Yeatman should have commented on the situation of Masterson, but he did. He gave his honest opinion on his coworker. It seems as though he is suffering with the same consequence of Masterson,  even though their actions are on different scales.”

  Following his controversy, Netflix producers wrote Masterson’s character out of the show. Production of The Ranch is said to continue in 2018, without Masterson.

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