Danny Masterson, the actor best known for his role as Steven Hyde on the sitcom “That ’70s Show,” will be sentenced on Thursday for raping two women. Masterson, 45, was found guilty in a Los Angeles jury trial in December of two counts of rape by force or fear. The charges stemmed from allegations that he raped a woman in 2001 and another woman in 2003.
Masterson is facing a possible sentence of 30 years to life in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced at 10:00 a.m. PT on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The case against Masterson was delayed for years due to legal challenges, including an attempt by his lawyers to have the case dismissed. The case also drew attention to the Church of Scientology, to which Masterson belongs. Several witnesses testified that they were told by church officials to not cooperate with police or prosecutors.
The trial was highly publicized, and the allegations against Masterson were graphic. One of the women testified that Masterson raped her after giving her a drink that made her feel “out of it.” The other woman testified that Masterson raped her after she passed out.
Masterson denied the allegations and said that the women were lying. He said that he had consensual relationships with both women.
The jury did not believe Masterson’s testimony and found him guilty. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday.
The sentencing hearing is expected to be emotional. The women who accused Masterson of rape are expected to speak at the hearing. Masterson’s lawyers are expected to ask the judge for a lenient sentence.
The case against Masterson is a high-profile example of the #MeToo movement, which has brought attention to allegations of sexual assault and harassment by powerful men. Masterson is one of several high-profile figures who have been accused of sexual assault in recent years.
The sentencing of Danny Masterson is a significant moment in the #MeToo movement. It is a reminder that powerful men can be held accountable for their crimes, even if it takes years for justice to be served.