'That '70s Show' actor Danny Masterson found guilty on two counts of rape
His case previously resulted in a mistrial late last year, prompting a second trial that culminated in Wednesday's verdict.
Actor Danny Masterson, best known for his roles on "That '70s Show" and "The Ranch," was found guilty on two counts of rape on Wednesday.
The jury failed to reach a verdict on a third such allegation, according to the Associated Press. Prosecutors had alleged that Masterson had entertained two of the women at his Hollywood Hills home where he drugged their drinks in order to rape them. These incidents, they said, occurred between 2001 and 2003.
Masterson is a prominent member of the Church of Scientology, as were all three women at the time. A fringe religion founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in 1953, it boasts many members from the Hollywood elite.
Prosecutors had stated that the women went to church authorities to address their experiences with Masterson and that they had been discouraged from going to law enforcement.
The first two women, whom Masterson was convicted of raping, said that he gave them drinks after which they became dizzy or fell asleep before he raped them.
Masterson's third accuser, his then-girlfriend of several years, said that she discovered the actor raping her after she woke up. The jury did not reach a verdict on the count related to her claims.
His case previously resulted in a mistrial late last year, prompting a second trial that culminated in Wednesday's verdict. Masterson faces up to 30 years in prison.
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