’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
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.
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 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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