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An attorney for actor Danny Masterson repeatedly challenged a woman on the witness stand Thursday as to why she agreed to go to Masterson’s house the night she said he raped her.
“You went to Danny Masterson’s house and knew full well that you would be undressing, didn’t you?” Thomas Mesereau asked.
“No,” she said firmly.
Mesereau had just played a recording of the woman telling police that Masterson texted her to come to his house, undress, and soak in his hot tub late in 2003.
The woman, known only as N. Trout in court, was the third Masterson prosecutor to testify at a hearing to see if there was enough evidence for the 45-year-old That 70’s show Actor on trial for three rape cases. He pleaded not guilty and Mesereau said he would prove Masterson’s innocence.
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At the beginning of the hearing, she told the story of the night when Masterson, a few nights after they had had a drink with mutual friends, texted her in a demanding tone that she needed to come to his house.
“I didn’t understand why he was ordering,” she said. “I thought he might say it that he was being aggressive as a flirt. I didn’t understand why he was so aggressive. “
She said she agreed to come for a chat and possibly have a glass of wine after setting conditions and boundaries, including the fact that she would not wear a swimsuit or step into his pool. She testified that she was a little flattered by Masterson’s attention and that she might be open to kisses.
Trout testified that she had a drink or more to calm herself down before going to Masterson’s house, and he gave her a glass of wine when she arrived.
She said he soon took her to the back yard where he told her to undress and get into the hot tub.
“Take them off. If you don’t, I will. Take them off,” she remembered he said.
She said she listened to him because “I didn’t want violence to happen, I didn’t want things to escalate.” I giggled and tried to say, “No, I don’t want to.”
She later added that she did what he said that night, also because she believed he was speaking from a place of authority at the high level he had attained in the Church of Scientology, to which both members were.
Trout said that in both her memory and her state of mind at the time, things became blurry when they walked into the hot tub, but testified that Masterson took her upstairs to the shower where he raped her and then raped her again in bed.
“I said,” Danny what are you doing? “I said no,” she testified, “I told you,” No, you don’t even have a condom on. “
Mesereau challenged her for recording details she didn’t remember in the 2017 Los Angeles police interview.
“In a previous interview you said you didn’t remember going up the stairs,” Mesereau said. “That was in 2017. That is 2021. Do you remember more now than you did then?”
She replied, “I’m sure you are familiar with how the trauma works. When you open it up, as I’ve done for the past four years, parts of it are less blurry to me.”
Mesereau also challenged her about the alcohol and medication she had consumed that night and asked if she had benefited from it in court.
“I had a little Xanax so I can do that,” she said.
The hearing is expected to close on Friday when Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo will review the evidence presented and decide whether to order a trial against Masterson, who has been on bail since his arrest in June. If convicted, he could be imprisoned for up to 45 years.
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