Danny Masterson Arrives at Prison to Begin Serving Sentence
"That ’70s Show" star Danny Masterson has finally arrived at the prison where he will serve his sentence of 30 years to life for having raped two women inside his Los Angeles home in 2003.
Masterson was convicted of the charges back in September, but he was being held at a Los Angeles County jail for sentencing, post-sentencing hearings, and several other issues that needed to be settled.
He is not eligible for parole for 25 years.
Masterson started acting in 1988, achieving relatively quick success, landing a recurring role in “Joe’s Life” in 1993, then landing another recurring role in “Extreme” in 1995.
He also landed roles in two of the bigger TV shows at the time, “NYPD Blue” and “Party of Five,” appearing in multiple episodes on both shows.
That led to the really big break in landing the role of Steven Hyde in “That ‘70s Show,” which aired from 1998 to 2006, appearing in 200 episodes.
Masterson, like most of the other cast members, enjoyed great success during and after that run, but it was also during that time that Masterson raped two women in his California home.
The victims stated they had waited so long to tell their story because it went against their church’s doctrine, all of them being members of the Church of Scientology at the time.
The Church of Scientology disputed that there were any rules in place preventing the women from coming forward, and Masterson maintained the encounters were consensual.
Masterson had reunited with Ashton Kutcher in a new show, “The Ranch,” which also starred Sam Elliott, and was a huge hit at the time the allegations rocked Hollywood.
Masterson was written out of the show and it stopped airing original episodes in 2020.
When the trial concluded, Masterson was sentenced to 15 years for each rape, given consecutive sentences instead of the concurrent sentences his attorney pleaded for.
While his wife, Bijou Phillips, was by his side during the entire trial, she filed for divorce weeks after the sentence was handed down, ending 12 years of marriage.