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Friday, September 08, 2023 

Danny Masterson gets 30 to life for 2 counts of rape

The former actor from the sitcom "That 70s Show", who was charged with sexual violence at the time he'd been working on TV and film during the 2000s, has become the next Hollywood resident after Harvey Weinstein to receive a serious sentence for his crimes, and got 30 years to life from the court:
Danny Masterson, famously known for his role as Steven Hyde in “That ’70s Show,” was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison on Thursday after a Los Angeles jury found him guilty of raping two women at his Hollywood Hills home in the early 2000s.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo handed the sentence to the 47-year-old actor after he reportedly listened to statements from the women he was convicted of sexually assaulting in 2003.

“Mr. Masterson, I know that you’re sitting here steadfast in your claims of innocence, and thus no doubt feeling victimized by a justice system that has failed you,” Olmedo told Masterson before handing down the sentence, according to The Associated Press. “But Mr. Masterson, you are not the victim here. Your actions 20 years ago took away another person’s voice, and choice. One way or another you will have to come to terms with your prior actions, and their consequences.”

A Los Angeles jury found Masterson guilty of two counts of rape in a retrial in May after several women he met through the Church of Scientology accused him of sexual assault in the early 2000s.

[...] The women reportedly testified that church officials conspired with Masterson to cover up the incidents and not to report a member to law enforcement. They have previously said the reason LAPD and other law enforcement agencies refused to pursue Masterson was due to his affiliation with the Church of Scientology, and the church intervened in his case, impeding the investigation by filing “50 affidavits from Scientologists who denied the woman’s account.”

Scientology church officials have “vehemently denied having any policy that forbids members from going to secular authorities,” the Associated Press reported.
Gee, that sure sounds like both how Islamofascism and ultra-Orthodox extremists operate. And, one can only wonder if Masterson will take up a transsexual identity, claiming he's changed to a "woman", so that he can get admitted to a women's prison where he'll repeat his offenses all over again, under the shield of a protected class status mixing denial of science with sexual violence, which might contradict the alleged positions of a "religion" that incorporates the word "science" as its official name. That is, if they weren't so disconnected from reality themselves. This case demonstrates perfectly why insular religions can be extremely dangerous, and while Islam is worse, we shouldn't overlook Scientology's bad influence either.

For now, let's hope most people will boycott Masterson's resume of work if that's what it takes to make clear his conduct was offensive in the extreme. "That 70 Show" was probably taken off the air in reruns on most commercial channels anyway, along with a few other programs. It is sad, of course, that Masterson's co-stars on the shows will have to come to terms with the realization his evil's potentially cost them residuals, but that's how things go in the modern era, where the sensible don't want to bankroll criminals so easily, and it certainly will be hard watching the sitcom with somebody that repellent appearing on it.

Update: predictably, at least a few of Masterson's co-stars on That 70s Show spoke in his defense, and this one is particularly bizarre in the current political climate:
“As a role model, Danny has consistently been an excellent one,” Kutcher wrote, according to a copy obtained by Ortega. “I attribute not falling into the typical Hollywood life of drugs directly to Danny. Any time that we were to meet someone or interact with someone who was on drugs, or did drugs, he made it clear that that wouldn’t be a good person to be friends with.”

He added: “I do not believe he is an ongoing harm to society and having his daughter raised without a present father would a tertiary injustice in and of itself.”
Considering how many leftists have been working round the clock to destroy the whole notion of fatherhood, and even motherhood, that's awfully hypocritical if Kutcher himself is a leftist. For now, it's truly revolting how these disgraces are siding with a man who committed serious offenses, and only discourages realists from bothering to watch the sitcom again. Update: now the 2 performers who wrote those letters are apologizing for the moral damage they caused. Well I'm sorry, but it's just too late, and all they're doing now is making clear they don't need any residuals at all, if Masterson was whom the they were going to support, instead of the victims. Just shameful.

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