This Famous Sitcom Actor Has Been Fired From His Netflix Show After Four Women Accused Him of Rape
or years, rape allegations against The Ranch actor Danny Masterson have been brewing. Finally, he's been fired from the show. For the past several days, there have been reports released detailing Netflix's sordid history of dealing with sexual assault. The company has often been chastised for not taking action soon enough against its stars and employees who've been accused of sexual assault and harassment. And while allegations against Masterson have been widely known for years, it wasn't until an online petition garnered more than 36,000 signatures and a report was released that claimed that Netflix didn't believe the accusers that Masterson was removed from the show.
Danny Masterson has been fired from Netflix sitcom, The Ranch amid four separate allegations of rape against the actor.
In a statement, Netflix said, “As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch. [Monday] was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him.”
The actor will still appear in the second half of season two, as it has already been filmed and could appear in parts of season three.
The Ranch stars Ashton Kutcher, who started out with Masterson in That '70s Show.
The LAPD has been investigating four claims of rape against Masterson since March of this year, but it wasn’t until now that Netflix decided to pull the plug.
Part of the investigation has to do with a potential cover-up by the Church of Scientology, to which Masterson belongs.
At least three of the four women who accused Masterson of rape were also Scientologists and reported the incidents to the Church of Scientology when they happened in the early 2000s.
According to HuffPost, “One of Masterson’s accusers filed a police report in 2004 saying that she was raped in 2003, but the case didn’t move forward after the Church of Scientology intervened and submitted over 50 affidavits from Scientologists who denied the woman’s account.”
Though these allegations have been known for years and under investigation for almost a year, Netflix didn't take action until today.
When Netflix fired House of Cards star Kevin Spacey as a result of sexual assault allegations against him, one of Masterson’s accusers, Chrissie Carnell Bixler, criticized Netflix for not taking action against Masterson: “What Netflix has done, feels like…I don’t matter. The other women don’t matter. Our pain means nothing, and we should be good little girls and shut out mouths.”
"No!" Bixler continued. "I'm going to be an amazing woman who will NOT shut my mouth when I find out my rapist raped countless other women."
“I will NOT shut my mouth when Netflix tries to make us feel like we don’t matter. We DO matter. We ARE important. We will see justice for what was done to us, and is continuing to be done to us … and for all those who knew/know and are either actively helping this serial rapist or are choosing to stay silent … YOU don’t matter.”
Read on for Masterson’s response to his firing…