Netflix fires Danny Masterson amid rape allegations
LOS ANGELES — Netflix has parted ways with Danny Masterson as authorities continue to investigate four rape allegations made against the actor.
The streaming giant announced they have written Masterson’s character on “The Ranch” out of the series. His last day on set was Monday. Masterson will still be seen in several upcoming episodes, but will not rejoin the cast once they resume filming in early 2018.
Masterson said Tuesday he was disappointed with the decision, saying that in the current climate people are presumed guilty the moment they are accused.
Four women have come forward stating they were assaulted by Masterson in the early 2000s, Officer Drake Madison, a Los Angeles police spokesman, told The Associated Press back in March.
He declined to provide any further details, citing the ongoing investigation.
The 40-year-old actor is best known for his role as Steven Hyde on “That ’70s Show,” which aired from 1998 until 2006.
A representative for Masterson, who has not charged with a crime, denied the allegations in a statement.
Masterson, who has identified himself as a practicing Scientologist, said in a statement that he believes the “false allegations” are an attempt to boost a television series featuring former members of the Church of Scientology. He said one of the women only came forward after speaking with one of the show’s producers.