Danny Masterson is seen the day before it is revealed he will face RETRIAL on three counts of rape
Danny Masterson appeared modest as he stepped out of Glendale, California on Monday – a day before it was revealed he will face a retrial in March on three counts of rape.
The That ’70s Show star, 46, looked pensive as she strolled down the street wearing a baseball cap and beard amid legal woes.
Masterson, 46, plays Steven Hyde on That ’70s Show. He is accused of raping three women, including an ex-girlfriend, at his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003.
A judge declared a mistrial as jurors were ‘hopefully deadlocked’ in their first trial last year.
Seeing: Danny Masterson created a modest character as he stepped out in Glendale, California on Monday – a day before it was revealed he would face a retrial on three counts rape in march
The Church of Scientology, of which Masterson is a member, is accused of advising victims not to go public. It is being sued in a separate case in civil court.
In November, a jury of six men and six women in Los Angeles told Judge Charlaine Olmedo that they could not come to a decision after four days of deliberation.
Masterson pleaded not guilty to all three charges. The jurors said they ‘have not even reached a unanimous decision on the charges.
In progress: The That ’70s Show star, 46, looked pensive as she strolled down the street wearing a baseball cap and beard amid legal woes
Walking: The actor was seen with his mother as he walked down the street
Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller announced: ‘Our office has decided to retry this case.
‘Not giving these victims another chance with a jury that can sit there and consider all the evidence – win, lose or draw – would be an injustice.’
Judge Charlaine Olmedo denied the defense’s request to dismiss the case, after defense attorney Philip Cohen argued it was “unlikely” that any jury would reach a unanimous verdict.
He said: ‘Not the things that Mr. Mueller considered important or significant were left out.
‘Those were things that were discussed and were not thought to be important to decision-making for some jurors.’
But Judge Olmdeo ruled that Cohen’s arguments were ‘speculative and not substantiated by fact’.
Frustrated: The actor wears a cap when walking down the street
She added: ‘It seems like there are many other witnesses People can choose to call or different arguments People can choose to make.
‘Another outcome on a retrial is at least a possibility.’
The court ordered a retrial to be set for March 27.
During the trial, on the charge of raping Jane Doe 1, two jurors believed Masterson was guilty and 10 voted for him to be acquitted.
For the second crime, raping Jane Doe 2, the votes are four for guilt and eight for acquittal.
Masterson leaves court with his wife Bijou Phillips following the verdict last November
Danny Masterson played wise Steven Hyde, fourth from left, on That ’70s Show from 1998 to 2006
A judge declared a false trial in November after jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked at the trial of That ’70s Show actor Danny Masterson, who was charged with three rapes
For the third crime, the rape of Jane Doe 3, the votes are five for guilty and seven for acquittal.
His accusers are all former Scientists and are also suing him and the Church of Scientology in civil court, alleging that they have been harassed and threatened since reporting him to the police. close.
All three women who accused Masterson of rape testified that the reason it took them so long to denounce him was because of fear of retaliation by the Church of Scientology.
They say church officials have warned them not to use the word rape and that the handing over of a Fellow Scientist to law enforcement is considered a ‘high crime’.
They say if they don’t follow that doctrine, they could be declared ‘oppressors’, kicked out by the church and abandoned, cut off from family and friends.
All three rapes are believed to have occurred at Masterson’s Hollywood Hills home
The original Fox sitcom aired for eight seasons from 1998-2006, and it was nominated for 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning only one for costume design in 1999.
The only actor who didn’t return was Danny Masterson, who was accused of raping three women between 2001-2003 during the same time he played biracial teenager Steven Hyde in the series.
The jurors for the Scientist’s rape trial reached an impasse and the judge declared a false trial on November 30, so a whole new trial will start from scratch. next March.
Judge Charlaine Olmedo denied a request to dismiss the case against Masterson, who defense counsel said it was ‘unlikely’ any jury would reach a unanimous verdict
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