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Netflix Ousts Actor Danny Masterson Amid Rape Allegations

Actor Danny Masterson was ousted in the Netflix series “The Ranch” amid multiple rape allegations, the streaming agency announced in a statement sent to HuffPost on Tuesday. His last day of filming on the program took place on Monday.  

Four girls have accused Masterson of violently raping them in the early 2000s. Masterson was under analysis from the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for just under a year.

“As a consequence of continuing discussions, Netflix and the producers have composed Danny Masterson out of ′The Ranch. ′ Yesterday was his last day on the series, and production will resume without him,&rdquo.

The news comes a day after HuffPost reported that a Netflix executive told among Masterson’s accusers on Sunday that higher-ups in the firm don’t think the allegations are credible. The business states the executive has been oblivious at the time that the woman was among those victims.  

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Masterson’s “The Ranch” co-star Ashton Kutcher also co-starred together with him on the hit sitcom “That 70’s Display. ” Masterson is going to be showcased in fresh episodes of “The Ranch”  that premiere on Netflix on Dec. 15. Additionally, Masterson will look in some episodes that have already been filmed for another season that broadcasts next year, HuffPost was told by a source.

Masterson has denied all allegations of rape and stated that the experiences in question were consensual.  

“I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s choice to compose my character off of ‘The Ranch. ’ From day one, I have denied that the allegations against me. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of a single,” Masterson explained in a statement provided to HuffPost by his lawyer.

The statement continued: “In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. In the current climate, it seems as though you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused. I understand and anticipate clearing my name and for all. ”

This is a developing story…

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