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On Wednesday, Danny Masterson’s second prosecutor appeared in a preliminary hearing in the Los Angeles Supreme Court to see if his rape case will be brought to justice.
The woman, identified only as Christina B. in court, said she had been in a relationship with Masterson for five years when her alleged rape took place in 2001.
Prosecutors have alleged that 45-year-old Masterson, who has been free since his arrest on June 17, 2020, raped a 23-year-old woman in 2001, a 28-year-old woman in April 2003, and a 23-year-old. between October and December 2003 year old woman. He was formally charged with three rapes of violence or fear. All of the incidents reportedly occurred at his Hollywood Hills home.
He could sit in prison for up to 45 years if found guilty. Masterson has vehemently denied the charges, and his attorney, Thomas Mesereau, has repeatedly stated that he will prove his client’s innocence.
Mesereau denied Wednesday that what Christina B. described was rape.
“I tried to push him off of me and said, ‘No, I don’t want to have sex with you,” said Christina B. on the booth, according to the Associated Press.
“He wouldn’t stop. So I did something that I knew would make him angry and probably turn him off. I pulled his hair. He has these rules,” No Touch Hair Rule, “” No Touch Face. ” Rule “. He had this thing on his hair so I knew if I pulled it really, really hard, he’d come off me. But he hit me.”
The alleged incident she described took place in the house she and Masterson would share during their six-year relationship, she alleged. When questioned by the deputy district attorney Reinhold Mueller, she said that he hit her face with a loosely held fist, then finally stopped, spat on her and called her “white rubbish”.
“You never said he had sex with you, did you? You said he tried, right?” Mesereau asked during the cross-examination. He said she told a different story than her previous interviews with police and prosecutors.
The defense then played a tape of an interview with a police officer in which Christine B. said “right” when the detective asked if Masterson had tried to have sex with her, and then played the tape of an interview with Müller, in that she said Masterson would “sit” inside of me. “
In court she replied that she used the same language to describe the same thing.
Christine B., like Tuesday’s accuser Jen B., and the as-yet-unnamed accuser, who will take a stand on Thursday, was involved in the Church of Scientology, of which Masterson is a senior member. She was asked to join this That 70’s show Stern what she did in 1996.
After the first alleged incident, she claimed there was another month later – one that is not named on the charges. In court, she said she fainted, woke up in pain, and learned from Masterson that he raped her while she was unconscious. That prompted her to see Scientology ethics officers.
She said officers convinced her she had not been raped and it took her 15 years to go to the police to report Masterson.
In court documents in a previous civil lawsuit filed by Masterson’s prosecutors, the Church of Scientology denied all of the women’s allegations.
When Christine B. went to police in 2016, she reported the second incident, not the one Masterson was ultimately charged with.
Mesereau cited this as evidence that she did not believe she had been raped for the first time. He repeatedly challenged Christine B. on the subject and asked why she did not initially see it as rape.
She burst into tears when she stated that the relationship had led her to expect such things.
“Because it was normal!” She called.
The two women who have given evidence at the hearing spoke to Scientology officials long before going to the police.
Jen B. admitted filming an interview with Leah Remini for her show Scientology and the Consequences In 2017, she said she did so because she was concerned that no charges would be brought against Masterson, and she believed this might be her only chance to be heard.
She said no when Mesereau asked her twice if she had been paid to do the interview. Mesereau also asked Christine B. whether she had gone to the police at Remini’s insistence, which she denied.
Jen B. said Tuesday that she was reluctant to file a police report against Masterson because he was closely associated with the Church and all of her loved ones advised her against it. She would be labeled an “oppressive person” and expelled from the Church – a devastating proposition considering that most of her friends and family were members at the time.
It is unclear whether a woman or her relatives are still associated with Scientology.
Remini’s two-hour special entitled Waiting for justice, interviewed in August 2019. She interviewed Masterson’s accusers about her experience with the former The ranch Actor, condemning the Church of Scientology, claiming it protects him from justice.
Masterson was fired from the Netflix series The ranch and dumped by his former talent agency United Talent Agency (UTA) after the LAPD confirmed it was investigating allegations of sexual assault against him.
Masterson’s arrest came after a three-year investigation that resulted in the rare persecution of a famous Hollywood character in the #MeToo era. Despite dozens of investigations, most have not resulted in charges based on insufficient evidence or too much time since the alleged sexual assaults.
The hearing will continue on Thursday.
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– – with files by Andrew Dalton from The Associated Press