Danny Masterson Has Been Dropped From ‘The Ranch’ Following Rape Allegations
Netflix has just announced that Danny Masterson has been fired from The Ranch following rape allegations from multiple women, TMZ reported. Masterson denies the claims. Netflix's statement announcing Masterson's future with the streaming service comes just one day after it announced House of Cards will continue production of its final season without Kevin Spacey and with Robin Wright as the lead. Netflix's statement from Tuesday, Dec. 5 about Danny Masterson reads,
Masterson responded to Netflix's decision in a statement to Elite Daily. He said,
According to TMZ, four women have accused Masterson of rape. Three of these women are reportedly members of the Church of Scientology. One of the women claims she reported Masterson to the police after he allegedly assaulted her in 2004, and the three women who are reportedly members of the Church of Scientology claim they came forward with their allegations, but the church reportedly pressured them into staying silent. Elite Daily reached out to the Church of Scientology for comment on these claims, but did not hear back by time of publication.
The Ranch is a Netflix comedy starring Ashton Kutcher and Masterson. It marked the first time Kutcher and Masterson had starred on a show together since co-starring in That '70s Show from 1998 to 2006. Allegations about Masterson's misconduct have been around for a while, with King of Queens actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini speaking publicly about his alleged misconduct and his reported history with the Church of Scientology in the past.
Many people online have been calling for Masterson to be fired by Netflix given the post-Weinstein climate we live in, and there are those who feel Netflix didn't take action fast enough in this case.
On Monday, Dec. 4, the Huffington Post reported that a Netflix executive told one of Masterson's accusers that he and Netflix did not believe the claims of Masterson's accusers. His comments were made on the sidelines of a kids' soccer game in Los Angeles, Huffington Post reports. The Netflix executive, Andy Yeatman, is one of the coaches of one of those soccer teams. The woman, who Huffington Post refers to as "Victim B," is reportedly married to one of the coaches of the team Yeatman's played against that day. When Victim B approached Yeatman, who is the company's director of global kids content, to ask if he works at Netflix, he reportedly confirmed he did. The conversation reportedly became about Masterson and the women accusing him, and that's when Yeatman reportedly said he doesn't believe the claims, nor do other Netflix executives. That's when the woman reportedly told Yeatman that she is one of Masterson's accusers. According to Huffington Post, Yeatman was not aware of the woman's identity at the time.
Netflix responded to these claims in a statement to Huffington Post. They confirmed that Yeatman said these comments, but that his comments were "careless," "uninformed," and don't represent the official view of Netflix. The statement read,
Masterson has reportedly been under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department for the past year.