In June 2020, actor Danny Masterson was charged with three rapes after being accused of sexually assaulting three women between 2001 and 2003. The That show from the 70s star, who has pleaded not guilty — and is currently out on $3.3 million bail — faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted. The case was initially set to go to trial on August 29, but Masterson’s team won a six-week reprieve until October 11.
Complicating matters is Masterson’s status as a prominent member of the Church of Scientology. In 2019, four women, three of whom were former Scientologists, filed a lawsuit against Masterson and the Church of Scientology, alleging that they had been subjected to a cycle of harassment and intimidation by the Church in an apparent attempt to tell their stories of sexual assault. to keep violence. under the cap. They charge them with stalking, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The Church of Scientology, meanwhile, lost its bid to submit the accusers to religious arbitration within the Church of Scientology, with a California appeals court ruling that the women had the right to leave the religion and were therefore not bound by Scientology’s strict life sentence. contracts. The Church of Scientology has since filed a petition with the US Supreme Court to reconsider.
One of Masterson’s accusers, Jane Doe 1, has become frustrated with what she sees as the Masterson team’s attempts to delay the criminal trial People against Masterson. Attorney Nina L. Hawkinson, who represents Jane Doe 1 and the other women in their civil suit, emailed a statement to The Daily Beast Thursday night regarding attorney Shawn Holley’s recent request to continue the trial in People against Masterson because they were busy representing Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer in his arbitration appeal against his two-year suspension from Major League Baseball after being accused of assault by several women.
Hawkinson believes Holley’s request to continue the trial in… People against Masterson interferes with several provisions of Marsy’s Law – or the California Victims’ Bill of Rights Act of 2008 – which are intended to grant protective rights to victims of crime, arguing that “it is reasonable to argue that Jane Doe 1 poses a high risk faces further damages, should this case be delayed, by being known to the “Church” and classified as an Oppressor, as a victim witness set up to testify against a known member of the Church. our client the right to be released from this harm, which can only be accomplished without further delay and a lawsuit.”
“My life has been tormented for so many years because of what happened to me. Finally the day of justice came and now I see that there is one more excuse to delay justice, which will only do more damage to me and the other victims.”
Hawkinson’s message also contained the following statement from Jane Doe 1:
“My life has been tormented for years as a result of what happened to me. Finally the day of justice came and now I see that there is one more excuse to delay justice, which will only do more damage to me and the other victims. I hope the Court understands that the cases in this trial, the rights of the victims and the need to conclude this important case are more important than a scheduling conflict related to baseball.”
In May 2021, Jane Doe 1 gave harrowing testimony at a preliminary hearing to determine whether Masterson would face charges of rape. She said that while attending a party at Masterson’s house in Hollywood in April 2003, she felt drugged after consuming a “fruity” drink Masterson had given her; then she says he unzipped her pants and threw her in a jacuzzi, before taking her upstairs to a bathroom. She remembered having trouble seeing and staying upright when Masterson put his fingers in her mouth, causing her to vomit, then put her in the shower.
“I looked down and his hands were on my breasts. He washed my breasts soaping,” she testified. “I hit him. It wasn’t very strong. I couldn’t believe his hands were on my breasts.”
She testified that he then put her on a bed when she lost consciousness.
“When I came to, he was on top of me and he was inside me,” she said. “The first thing I remember is grabbing his hair to jerk him off.”
Jane Doe 1 told the court that Masterson had raped her vaginally and anally, at one point took a gun from his nightstand, brandished it, and said, “Damn don’t move… Don’t say a word.”