Netflix has given Danny Masterson the boot. The actor has been accused of sexually assaulting four women in the early 2000s.
The streaming service made the decision a day after reports emerged that a Netflix exec unwittingly told a woman who accused him of raping her that it didn’t believe the accusations against him.
- “As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement. “Yesterday was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him.”
- Four women claimed that the That 70s Show alum raped them in the early 2000s, prompting an LAPD investigation in late 2016. The investigation is ongoing.
- Masterson has denied the accusations and issued a statement via his lawyer to the Huffington Post on Tuesday.
- “I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of The Ranch. From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one,” Masterson said.
- The statement continued: “In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused. I understand and look forward to clearing my name once and for all.”
- Masterson will appear in new episodes of The Ranch, set to premiere on Netflix December 15th. He will also reportedly appear in some of the episodes that have been filmed next season and are set to air next year. Ashton Kutcher, his fellow alum from That 70s Show, also stars in The Ranch.