Danny Masterson pleads not guilty to three rape charges
Embattled actor Danny Masterson has pleaded not guilty to charges of rape.
The former That ‘70s Show actor was charged back in June with three counts of rape by force or fear, after
allegedly raping three women in separate incidents occurring between 2001 and 2003. In a hearing on
Wednesday, Masterson’s defense lawyer Tom Mesereau entered a plea of not guilty on the three counts on behalf
of his client. Masterson, 44, was not present at the arraignment hearing in Los Angeles.
Masterson has repeatedly denied the claims, and his attorney, Tom Mesereau, tried unsuccessfully to have the
case dismissed in October, citing the statute of limitations.
The actor was not required to attend his arraignment hearing in person on Wednesday, and instead, Mesereau
entered a not guilty plea on his client’s behalf.
If convicted, Masterson faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life behind bars.
The rape and sexual assault allegations against the star have been hanging over him for years, and the scandal
prompted TV bosses to write his character out of Netflix comedy The Ranch in 2018.