Danny Masterson asks judge to delay rape trial AGAIN, claiming his lawyers are too busy defending Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer in his sexual assault case
- Danny Masterson is due to stand trial on three rape allegations in October
- The trial was scheduled to begin in August, but he scored a delay
- Since then, Masterson has asked for another delay until next year
- He says his team are busy dealing with another high profile sex assault case – that of Trevor Bauer
- Bauer was accused of sexually assaulting a woman last June
- The woman claims Masterson raped her at gunpoint during a party at his home in 2003 after spiking her drink
Danny Masterson has asked a judge to delay his rape trial again, claiming to a judge that his lawyers are too busy dealing with another high profile client in a separate sexual assault case – that of Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer.
Masterson, 46, shot to fame on That ’70s Show in the early 2000s, starring alongside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. He is accused of raping three women between 2001 and 2003, at the height of the show’s success, and is due to stand trial in Los Angeles later this year.
The trial has already taken two years to get underway. It was scheduled to begin in August, but his legal team won a six-week delay recently.
Now, Masterson is asking for another delay that would push the trial start date until January next year because his attorney, Shawn Holley, is also representing Bauer against claims he sexually assaulted a woman.
Journalist Tony Ortega first cited his request in court documents earlier this week.
Bauer was accused of sexually assaulting a woman last June. He has since been placed on administrative leave by the Dodgers.
In response to Masterson’s request, one of the victims involved – Jane Doe #1 – wrote a letter this week saying any further delays would not only harm her, but also the other women involved.
Danny Masterson, left, has been accused of sexually assaulting three women between 2001 and 2003. He was due to stand trial in August but it was delayed until October because his lawyers are also representing Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer in his own sexual assault case
‘My life has been tortured for so many years as a result of what happened to me. Finally, the day of justice was coming and now I see there is another excuse to delay justice, which will only cause greater damage to me and the other victims.
‘I hope the Court sees that the matters in this trial, the rights of the victims, and the need for finality of this important matter, trump a scheduling conflict related to baseball,’ she said.
Masterson is also being sued along with the Church of Scientology, of which he is a member, by four women over similar allegations.
Three of the women involved in the lawsuit used to belong to the church too.
They allege that the church tried to cover up their allegations against Masterson for years.
The Church of Scientology has been fighting unsuccessfully to persuade the judge to dismiss their claims.
The first accuser previously told in detail how Masterson allegedly raped her at a party at his house in Hollywood in 2003.
She claimed he gave her a ‘fruity drink’ and that immediately after drinking it, she began to feel sick and dizzy.
Danny Masterson with his wife Bijou Phillips. He has denied the allegations
She claims he unzipped her pants and tossed her into a hot tub. Then, she says, he took her to a bathroom in his home and felt her breasts despite her ‘punching’ him.
She testified that Masterson then took her to his bedroom and tossed her onto his bed where he raped her ‘vaginally and anally’ while brandishing a pistol.
She said she was losing consciousness at the time but came to when he was ‘inside’ of her.
‘When I came to, he was on top of me and he was inside of me. The first thing I recall is grabbing his hair to pull him off,’ she said previously.
She also alleged that he wielded the pistol and said: ‘Don’t f*****g move. Don’t say a word.’
The Church of Scientology plans to plead their case with the conservative-majority SCOTUS now.
Originally, the church tried to hold the women to an arbitration agreement that they signed when they were part of the religion that would forbid them from bringing claims against the institution.
A California court rejected the church’s effort to hold the women to the agreement.
Now, the Church’s leaders and lawyers are appealing to SCOTUS to overturn that decision.