’70s Show’ Star Danny Masterson Rape Case Declared Mistrial After Hung Jury
Judge Declares Mistrial
After Hung Jury
11/30/2022 3: 41 PM PT
5: 28 PM PT — Danny Masterson was all smiles after leaving the courtroom, holding hands with his actress wife, Bijou Phillips, who was also grinning.
As he walked out of the courthouse, the actor was asked many questions about the trial. But he smiled and kept it moving.
Danny, Bijou had a little more energy… and he clearly seems happy with the trial results.
His trial attorney Philip Cohen tells TMZ … “l am so thankful for the incredible care and commitment that the jurors showed in this case. This trial was all about the credibility of the accusers. That credibility could only be established by comparing, contrasting and focusing on the constantly evolving statements made by the women. “
He says, “The vote counts say it all and it’s a true testament of our justice system that jurors were capable to see through all the noise and focus only on what was truly significant.” “
Danny Masterson’s trial for rape has ended. A judge declared a mistrial following a hung jury.
Masterson was in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday waiting to hear a verdict, when the jury announced it deadlocked. The judge declared a mistrial.
The jury began deliberations two weeks ago after four weeks of testimony from alleged victims. After 4 weeks of testimony from alleged victims, the jury took a break and two jurors were replaced by alternates on Monday.
It’s not clear if the prosecutors will decide to retry the actor.
He was facing a maximum sentence of 45 to life behind bars if found guilty of the charges.
As we reported, Masterson was charged back in 2020 with 3 counts of rape, with the alleged victims claiming the incidents occurred between 2001 and 2003 … right in the middle of the run of his sitcom, “That ’70s Show. “
Masterson’s former attorney, Tom Mesereau, told TMZ at the time … “Mr. Masterson is innocent, and we’re confident that he will be exonerated when all the evidence finally comes to light and witnesses have the opportunity to testify. “
The actor pled not guilty and although he did not testify in his own defense, he maintained that the incidents didn’t take place or were consensual.
Originally Published — 3: 41 PM PT
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