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Danny Masterson dismissed by Netflix amid rape allegations

By Peter Sblendorio • Dec 5, 2017 at 2:00 PM

NEW YORK (TNS) — Netflix has cut ties with Danny Masterton after multiple women accused the actor of rape.

Masterson, known for his portrayal of Steven Hyde on “That ’70s Show,” had been starring on Netflix's series “The Ranch,” but the streaming service announced its decision to part ways Tuesday in the wake of 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,” Netflix said in a statement to The Huffington Post.

Four women came forward in March to accuse Masterson of raping them over a decade ago. The actor has denied the allegations and contends any sexual relationships he's been involved in were consensual.

Shortly after the allegations surfaced against Masterson, 41, the Los Angeles Police Department and the city’s district attorney’s office confirmed they had launched a probe into the accusations.

Masterston told TMZ he is “disappointed” by Netflix’s decision to remove him from the show.

“From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me,” he told TMZ. “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. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused."

The dismissal comes several weeks after one of Masterson's accusers condemned Netflix for not distancing itself from the actor amid the allegations.

“I was sick when I read Netflix’s statement on continuing with ‘The Ranch’ and continuing their working relationship with a man who has violently raped and abused so many women,” Chrissie Carnell Bixler, who formerly dated Masterson, told The Daily Beast last month.

An accuser whose identity was not revealed, meanwhile, said Netflix executive Andy Yeatman informed her he didn’t believe the allegations against Masterson, without realizing she was one of his accusers, according to The Huffington Post.

Masterson appeared on the first two seasons of “The Ranch,” which launched in 2016. The comedy also stars Masterson’s fellow “That ’70s Show” alum Ashton Kutcher.

“That ’70s Show” currently remains on Netflix following the streaming service’s announcement that it was removing Masterson from “The Ranch.”


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