Netflix writes Danny Masterson out of The Ranch following sexual assault allegations

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Netflix announced today that the company will write actor Danny Masterson out of its original series The Ranch, following allegations from multiple women who say Masterson raped them in the early 2000s. A Netflix statement says Monday was Masterson’s last day on set, and that the comedy series will continue in 2018 without him.

The announcement comes one day after the Huffington Post reported that one of Masterson’s alleged victims approached Netflix executive Andy Yeatman at a children’s soccer game in Los Angeles this weekend and asked why Netflix hadn’t responded to the allegations against Masterson. Yeatman, Netflix’s director of global kids’ content, reportedly responded, “We don’t believe them.” Yeatman later reportedly said he wasn’t in a position to make any decisions about Masterson.

At least four women have accused Masterson of raping them in the early 2000s. Masterson has been under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department for about a year, according to the Huffington Post, but the case has stalled, apparently in large part due to Masterson’s Scientology affiliation. The Huffington Post reports that after one of Masterson’s accusers filed a police report in 2004 saying that Masterson raped her while she was “passed out,” “the Church of Scientology intervened and submitted more than 50 affidavits from Scientologists who denied the woman’s account.”

Back in March, journalist Tony Ortega broke the story that Masterson was being investigated by the LAPD for “at least three alleged cases of rape or sodomy of women who were also Scientologists and who claim they were pressured by the Church of Scientology not to contact police or go public with their accusations.”

A law enforcement agent reportedly told Huffington Post reporter Yashar Ali that evidence against Masterson was “overwhelming,” but the case was slow to move forward in the Los Angeles district attorney’s office.

Masterson, who is probably best known for playing Steven Hyde on That 70’s Show, has denied the allegations.

Ten episodes of The Ranch’s second season, which Masterson executive produces along with Ashton Kutcher, are set to land on Netflix on December 15th. A Netflix spokesperson told The Daily Beast that Masterson would still appear in those episodes, plus several season 3 episodes set to premiere in 2018. The streaming service hasn’t commented on whether Masterson will remain an executive producer on the series.

Last month, Netflix fired Kevin Spacey from House of Cards and canceled a Gore Vidal biopic starring Spacey following allegations of sexual assault and harassment. The company also quickly cut ties with Louis CK after the comedian admitted to accusations of sexual misconduct. Netflix has been slower to react to accusations against Masterson, which have been public for months.

The Verge has reached out to Netflix for comment and will update with any new information.

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Ouch, soon Hollywood will be out of actors I guess.

You could say it’ll be out of bad actors, (In the legal sense).

"bad actors" the new buzzword of 2017

Masterson is a two-fer though.

There are so many actors to choose from, I doubt it has any real impact other than on a shortage of well known leads like Spacey.

And hopefully a newer generation of Producers and Actors that aren’t massive pricks, or at the very least who keep their hands and genitals to themselves.

After all that has happened, I think anyone who gets out of line will be outed. Women have found their voice and know they have support now.

Women have found their voice and know they have support now.

We aren’t out the weeds yet, but the progress has been excellent. Hell, look at the shit Terry Crews is getting for speaking out. I’m not 100% on-top of it, but there’s clearly a long way to go.

I have been saying that all white male’s should be kicked out of Hollywood and other entertainment. Then they are only allowed back if voted in from their peers that were allowed to stay. Sort of the opposite of Survivor.

That’s a tremendously racist statement. Being white and male isn’t the problem. Being a misogynistic asshole is. Being a rapist, pedophile, sexist, or any other number of awful things relating to sexual assault and/or harassment have nothing to do with races and everything to do with character.

If you don’t think your statement is racist, ask if you could substitute the words black, asian, hispanic, or any other minority in for white. If you don’t think your words are sexist, ask if you could replace the word male with female in your sentence?

If that is what you’ve been saying, then you’re a garbage human.

As a resident of Hollywood – I assure you, there is absolutely NO shortage of actors.

This is getting ridiculous. This guy has denied it from day one. Police investigated it 15 years ago and found no merit and there was no charges. Now Netflix fires him, what happened to innocent until proven guility??? I get it if he was charged or admitted to it like the other dummies but this is going to far.

what happened to innocent until proven guility???

Has he been arrested? If not, then innocent until proven guilty still applies.

Innocent until proven guilty should apply to someones job as well… Its pretty obvious what GreenMTNtech meant.

Innocent until proven guilty should apply to someones job as well

nope!

God help you if you’re ever falsely accused, and lose your job.

No it should not. Corporations are free to fire you just for being associated with negative press. Why do you want to force them to have negative press? It’s pretty obvious what innocent until proven guilty applies to it, and this is not it.

God help you if you’re ever falsely accused, and lose your job.

People are falsely accused and lose their job all of the time when there is negative press. Profits before people has always been the objective, that has never changed.

It helps sometimes to read the article, where there is evidence that a multi-billion dollar organization has been going to the mat to slow roll the investigation and provide counter claims of a dubious nature.

He’s definitely innocent until proven guilty, that’s why he’s not in prison. Businesses have every right to behave however they like, irrespective of criminal law. OJ Simpson was acquitted, yet Hertz didn’t renew his contract, do you blame them?

He’s definitely innocent until proven guilty, that’s why he’s not in prison. Businesses have every right to behave however they like, irrespective of criminal law. OJ Simpson was acquitted, yet Hertz didn’t renew his contract, do you blame them?

There’s a ‘small’ difference between not renewing a contract of someone like Simpson (who, found guilty or not, was clearly toxic) versus firing someone over unproven allegations.

I understand their reasoning, they can’t be seen to do nothing as the current climate won’t allow it but this could backfire on them in the long run. It’s a difficult subject…

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