Actor Danny Masterson has been charged with raping three women in three separate incidents between 2001 and 2003, Los Angeles Country District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced Wednesday.
The statement from the district attorney’s office said Masterson, 44, is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman in 2001; a 28-year-old woman in April 2003; and a 23-year-old woman that he invited to his Hollywood Hills home in late 2003.
Masterson was arrested Wednesday morning and released after posting bail, which was set at $3.3 million, the Associated Press reported. An arraignment is scheduled for September 18 and the actor faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted.
In 2017, HuffPost reported that the Los Angeles Police Department had suddenly stopped an investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Masterson, best known for his roles in Fox’s That ’70s Show and Netflix’s The Ranch. The site wrote that four women accused Masterson of rape in the early 2000s. One accuser filed a police report in 2004, HuffPost reported, but said the case was dropped after more than 50 people from the Church of Scientology, where Masterson is a member, disputed the account.