Danny Masterson to be held in same segregation unit as OJ Simpson
Danny Masterson will be held in same unit of LA County jail that OJ Simpson and Suge Knight once occupied after double rape conviction: Disgraced actor will be allowed out of cell for 2 hours a day
- Masterson, 47, was found guilty of raping Jane Doe One and Two on Wednesday and will be held in the LA County Jail until his sentencing hearing
- He will be held in ‘administrative segregation’ – the same unit OJ Simpson and Suge Knight spent time in
- Masterson will have access to the jail’s library, but will not have access to a TV. He will also be allowed out of his cell for two hours a day
The 70s Show star Danny Masterson will be held in the same segregation unit as OJ Simpson in Los Angeles County Jail after he was convicted of rape.
Masterson, 47, was found guilty of raping Jane Doe One and Two on Wednesday and will be held in the LA County Jail until his sentencing hearing.
He will be held in ‘administrative segregation,’ according to TMZ – the same unit OJ Simpson and Suge Knight spent time in.
Masterson will have access to the jail’s library, but will not have access to a TV. He will also be allowed out of his cell for two hours a day and get recreational time three hours a week, according to TMZ. He will also be able to shower every other day.
The actor is due back in court on August 4.
Masterson, 47, was fo und guilty of raping Jane Doe One and Two on Wednesday and will be held in the LA County Jail until his sentencing hearing
He will be held in ‘administrative segregation,’ according to TMZ – the same unit OJ Simpson and Suge Knight spent time in
The verdicts on Wednesday came on the eighth day of jury deliberations. Jurors found him guilty of raping victims Jane Doe One and Jane Doe Two.
On the third charge of raping Jane Doe Three, the jury was ‘hopelessly deadlocked’ at eight in favor of guilty and four in favor of not guilty.
Masterson’s attorney, Philip Cohen, argued that his client should be allowed to remain on bail, wearing an electronic monitor and being kept on 24-hour house arrest.
But Judge Olmedo rejected his plea saying Masterson’s offenses were ‘serious and violent felonies’ and called him a ‘potential flight risk.’
Reinhold Mueller, the deputy district attorney, told the court that he agreed with Judge Olmedo’s decision to revoke Masterson’s bail, echoing her comment and saying: ‘These were serious and violent offenses.’
On the charge of raping Jane Doe 3 – which jurors remained hung on – the judge asked ‘if there is any reasonable possibility of arriving at a verdict.’
The female jury foreperson answered ‘No,’ adding that the panel voted five times without being able to come up with a unanimous decision.
Masterson will have access to the jail’s library, but will not have access to a TV. He will also be allowed out of his cell for two hours a day and get recreational time three hours a week. He will also be able to shower every other day
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement after the verdict: ‘In April 2003, Masterson raped a 28-year-old woman and sometime between October and December of that year he sexually assaulted a 23-year-old woman who he had invited to his Hollywood Hills home.
‘We want to express our gratitude to the three women who came forward and bravely shared their experiences. Their courage and strength have been an inspiration to us all.
‘While we are disappointed that the jury did not convict on all counts, we respect their decision. The verdicts handed down by the jury in this case were undoubtedly a difficult one to reach and we thank the jurors for their service.’
Masterson – who played smart-mouthed Steven Hyde on That ’70s Show – was accused of raping the three women at his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003.
He pleaded not guilty to all the charges and he was looking at a sentence of 45 years to life in prison if he had been convicted on all three.
His accusers, who DailyMail.com is identifying only as Jane Does 1 through 3 – are all former Scientologists. In their civil case they claim that they’ve been harassed and intimidated since reporting him to police.
A status hearing on that case is scheduled for June 28.
A jury found Danny Masterson guilty on two of three rape counts on Wednesday. He’s seen entering court Wednesday with wife Bijou Phillips
They said that church officials warned them not to use the word rape; that turning in a fellow Scientologist to law enforcement was considered a ‘high crime’; and if they disobeyed that doctrine, they could be declared a ‘suppressive person’ – cast out by the church and left alone, cut off from family and friends.
In the second trial, prosecutors put much more emphasis than they did in the first on their claims that Masterson drugged his alleged victims by spiking drinks he gave them before raping them.
Calling Masterson a ‘predator’, Deputy District Attorney Ariel Anson said in her closing argument: ‘It all starts with a drink. This is his playbook.
‘The defendant drugged his victims to be in control. When he drugs them, he is completely able to control them. And he does it over and over again.’
Her prosecuting partner, Mueller, added – as he pointed at Masterson – ‘After they were drugged, they were raped by this man over here.
‘It’s beyond reasonable doubt that this man drugged these women and raped them. It’s time to hold Masterson accountable for what he’s done.’
Masterson’s lawyer objected Wednesday to the prosecution’s frequent referrals to his client drugging his alleged victims before raping them and called for a mistrial, saying, ‘drugging does not constitute forcible rape.’
Masterson played wise-cracking Steven Hyde on That ’70s Show from 1998 to 2006
But Judge Olmedo denied his mistrial motion, telling him that when considering drugging and use of force in a rape case, ‘one does not necessarily preclude the other.’
Cohen, pointed out that there are no toxicology reports to back up the 20-year-old drugging allegations against his client – who has always maintained that the sex with the three Jane Does was ‘consensual.’
Another difference between the two trials was the addition in the second of testimony from another ‘victim’ – a woman who claimed Masterson raped her in Toronto in 2000, though he was never charged with the alleged assault.
Prosecutors added her to the witness list to establish a pattern of ‘prior bad acts’ by Masterson.
But Cohen dismissed the move, saying the new accuser was brought in for the retrial to ‘save the case’ for the DA.
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