Actor Danny Masterson, best known for his role in That ’70s Show, can be prosecuted for rape. A judge in Los Angeles ruled on Monday that the case will go ahead, rejecting the defense’s argument that the charges are barred. American media report this on Monday.
Masterson, 44, is accused of raping three women between 2001 and 2003. The former actor could end up in prison for 45 years to life if convicted of all charges.
Masterson’s lawyers, Thomas Mesereau and Sharon Appelbaum, argued that the case should be dismissed because the alleged rapes took place outside the statute of limitations.
The judge has now ruled that Masterson can be tried under a law that does not have a prescription for certain (sexual) offenses.
The actor has yet to file a plea in the case. His arraignment has been postponed to November 2. Masterson remains free on $ 3.3 million (about $ 2.8 million) bail.
Masterson played Steven Hyde in the comedy series between 1998 and 2006 That ’70s Show. After allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced at his address in 2016 and 2017, his PR agent severed ties with the actor and was released from the Netflix series. The Ranch written.