Masterson, 44, faces charges on three separate incidents that occurred between 2001 and 2003. A news release from District Attorney Jackie Laceyâ€™s office only stated that two of the women were 23, one was 28 and that he allegedly raped all three of them in his Hollywood Hills home.
If found guilty, the â€œThat â€™70s Showâ€ actor faces a possible maximum sentence of 45 years to life in state prison.
The charges come after four women filed sexual assault allegations against Masterson in 2017, claiming heâ€™d raped them years earlier.Â In 2019, four of those women sued Masterson, the Church of Scientology and church leader David Miscavige, accusing the organization of stalking and intimidating them and attempting to obstruct justice as Los Angeles officials were investigating the claims.Â
The charges announced Wednesday are the first heâ€™s faced since police began investigating the rape allegations.
Masterson and the Church of Scientology, which is known to be fiercely protective of its members and defensive against any accusations, deny all of the claims.Â
Laceyâ€™s office reviewed two other sexual assault charges against Masterson and declined to proceed with charges on them, â€œone for insufficient evidence and the other based upon the statute of limitations for the crime alleged,â€ the news release said.
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